Gelsemium Sempervirens, Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 14-03-2012

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Gelsemium Sempervirens, also commonly known Carolina Yellow Jasmine, is a viny false Jasmine with wonderfully beautiful and fragrant yellow flowers. Many people call Gelsemium Sempervirens a Yellow Jasmine because of it’s Jasmine shaped and fragrant flowers. Gelsemium Sempervirens is frost tolerant and has lasted outside the entire Winter season here in California, which got down to 28°F this year. As the Spring comes in, Gelsemium Sempervirens blooms are just starting to open. A couple of the vines have stretched out to nearly 10 feet, so I hang them over the fence. Gelsemium Sempervirens can grow pretty big, Gelsemium Sempervirens likes full sun, and will completely grow over and cover any trellis, fence, or climbing structure. Regular pruning is needed to keep Gelsemium Sempervirens looking nice and to prevent it from over growing once it fills in it’s habitat.

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Ligustrum Japonicum, Japanese Privet

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-06-2011

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Ligustrum Japonicum is an evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and amazing clusters of white honey-fragrant flowers in Spring. Ligustrum Japonicum grows about 10 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide. Also known as Privet, it is among the most popular varieties of Ligustrum and may also go by the name Texas Wax Leaf Privet. Ligustrum Japonicum is often used as a hedge. It’s hardiness and ability to grow tall and provide shade make it a flexible landscaping plant. The flowers remind me of Lilaca stronger sweeter scent than Lilac typically carries. 

 

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Lilac, Syringa

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 11-05-2011

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Lilac is a neat plant, it can grow like a bush or a tree, comes in a variety of colors and is fragrant! The most common colors of Lilac are shades varying from purple to blue, though most that I’ve seen are purple. I have also seen red, white and even yellow Lilacs! The varying species of Lilac also tend to have varying levels of fragrance, though they all tend to smell similar there are some subtle differences.

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Jasminum Polyanthum

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Jasminum Polyanthum is among my favorite Jasmine! It is an evergreen twining vine that can reach more than 25ft tall. In areas like San Francisco it can bloom through out the year, Spring and Summer in most other areas. Covered in pink-white flowers that you can smell from a distance, the mouth watering fragrance is very enticing. The flowers are in fact edible! This is one of the easiest plants to maintain with occasional pruning. It may become invasive, it’s best grown in pots or containers.

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Daphne Odora, Winter Daphne

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 15-03-2011

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This plant has one of the most amazing fragrances I’ve ever smelled. The particular variety I have is Daphne Odora Marginata and is also known as Winter Daphne, I assume this is because it does not do well in hot sun but prefers cold weather. My Daphne Odora is in bloom right now and the flowers started opening up the end of February. My neighbor has a different variety of Daphne that has been in bloom for a few months now. The different varieties bloom during different times of the year, for varying lengths of time, and even require different growing conditions.

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Jasminum Officinale, Poet’s Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 18-02-2011

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Jasminum Officinale is the original Jasmine.  There are over 230 varieties of Jasmine plants, so technically when someone says “Jasmine”, this is probably what they should be referring to in my opinion unless they specify a variation of this plant (such as Jasminum Polyanthum, Jasminum Sambac “Maid of Orleans”, Star Jasmine/Trachelospermum Jasminoides, etc).

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