June 11, 2016
I live in White Hall, AR and I have two issues to ask you about. First, I have a confederate jasmine on a trellis that has filled in and covers the trellis perfectly and is loaded with blooms. My question is: Should I prune it and if so, when? The only reason I would want to prune it is to contain its size for the trellis or if needed to insure blooming in the future. Second issue: I am putting up another trellis (in a flower bed with southern exposure) and would like another evergreen vine. I saw a Pretty Crimson (a Sun Parasol mandevilla hybrid) and fell in love with it. Being more of a tropical vine, will this survive our winters, if planted in the ground? If not, any suggestions as to what I can plant? I prefer to have a vine on the trellis throughout the year.
I love confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which is neither confederate or a true jasmine. It is great evergreen vine with some of the most fragrant blooms. It typically is covered in flowers from late April through early June, and can have some sporadic flowers off and on during the summer. Since it is a prolific vine, some pruning may be needed to keep it in check. Do so, as needed, when the main flowers have faded. Mandevillas now come in a wide range of colors, but none of them would overwinter outdoors regardless of how protected. Carolina jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is another evergreen vine with beautiful yellow flowers in the spring. An evergreen clematis- -Armand clematis has lovely white flowers in the spring, and there are many deciduous clematis you could mix in which have huge showy flowers in a wide array of colors.
When visiting in Charleston, S.C. recently, I saw a plant called Confederate Jasmine. Does this grow in Southeast Arkansas? I fell in love with its blooms and the wonderful fragrance. I was told the plant blooms all summer. I am not familiar with this but have a perfect place to put it on a fence in Drew County. Will it work?
Confederate jasmine – Trachelospermum jasminoides is a wonderful vine or groundcover for semi-shady areas in the south. It is definitely winter hardy in southern Arkansas, and has been faring quite well in central Arkansas. It is listed as hardy to zone 8, but as I said it has been doing well in zone 7. It blooms most prolifically in May and June but you can have scattered flowers thereafter as well. It needs a trellis or fence to grow on and will need a bit of training to get it there. The plant is evergreen, but has been zapped back occasionally in a cold winter.