Asiatic Jasminecomments (0) September 7th, 2012 in gallery
Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) is a ground cover vine that is native to Korea and Japan.
It's grown so widely in the U.S. southeast, though, that you might assume that it's actually native to southern states. This variety of jasmine is characterized by evergreen, leathery leaves with a glossy sheen that grow to one to two inches in length. It produces an insignificant flower and can't be grown from seed. Once established, Asian jasmine forms a luxurious, dense blanket.
Hardy and Tolerant
More drought-tolerant than most turfgrasses, Asiatic Jasmine is also cold tolerant, though it prefers relatively high heat. It prefers full or partial-to-full shade to deep shade. Asian jasmine is said to grow
in most soils, but its health and growth begin to decline in soil with a pH above 8.0. According to the University of Florida, it grows best in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 10.
Low Maintenance, High Impact
This plant, once you've planted it successfully, really doesn't require much maintenance at all to keep it looking good. Asian Jasmine isn't very susceptible to many diseases. It hardly ever requires pesticides because pests don't like it. Once it's been established, this plant doesn't need any irrigation with normal rainfall. Even if extreme drought occurs, it only needs to be irrigated once a month.
Asiatic jasmine doesn't require mowing, but mowing it once a year in late winter will help keep its appearance uniform and reduce the risk of disease development. It will also keep the mat from growing too thick.
Young Asiatic jasmine should be fertilized only three to four times per year, and it can tolerate nutrient-poor soil. Actually, the more fertilizer and rich soil it is given, the more aggressive Asian jasmine can become. It will also become fairly aggressive and can invade and cover over turf and sidewalk if it isn't pruned regularly. Don't worry about spoiling this plant with expensive fertilizer and high-quality soil, because it is tamer when given minimal attention-but do pay attention to its growth rate and don't neglect to trim its edges when necessary.
Asiatic Jasmine vs. Turfgrass
Asian jasmine lends class and style to any garden, and it looks more luxurious than turf. It can also grow well in shady areas, while turf is difficult to maintain without plenty of sunlight. Turf also requires more general maintenance with watering, mowing, and fertilization.
While Asian jasmine requires almost no maintenance, it probably won't do too well as a turf replacement in all situations. Because it forms a mat of growth over a foot high and grows as a vine, it's not as easy to walk on as turf. Turf would work better for high-traffic areas, but Asian jasmine is great for very visible areas that don't get walked on much.
Asiatic jasmine is a low-maintenance, highly aesthetic option for people who want to maintain an attractive garden without putting in hours of work. As long as you take care of it early, Asian jasmine will pretty much do the hard work for you.
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