Winter is cold and gray in Germany, as our gardens and parks do not look very good either, as most plants and flowers are currently in their resting phase and enjoy their hibernation. But there are a few winter bloomers, but we also enjoy the cold and frost and bring colorful accents in the outdoor area. A true representative of this particular plant group, is undoubtedly the winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum). The plant is still called Real Jasmine or Yellow Jasmine. Especially in the cold and dreary season, it comes to life and pleases the eyes and soul with its natural beauty.
The origin of this wintry beauty is also interesting. Originally the winter jasmine comes from China, more specifically from the northern and western provinces of this distant land, where it grows in thickets, on slopes and in ravines. In 1844 the beautiful plant came to Europe and today it decorates our parks and gardens.
Picture 8: Delicate flowers in yellow, even at minus temperatures.
The winter jasmine is an ornamental shrub, its flowering time falls in the period between January and April, but also earlier, a little in December we can see its delicate flowers. Choose for your winter jasmine a sheltered spot in the garden and he will thank you for years with his flowers in winter. The plant likes sunny to partially shaded locations, is absolutely hardy, because the buds can tolerate very low temperatures (down to minus 15 degrees C) well. The winter jasmine is not a demanding plant, quite the contrary! He is even easy to care for. As a hanging or climbing plant, on the garden wall or in the bucket, it grows wonderfully. He likes slightly calcareous and nutrient-rich soil. If the winter jasmine grows as a climber you need climbing aid. In this case, you must secure him a scaffold for climbing. Since he does not form his own climbing organs, he spreads his side branches and thus entwines walls, trellises or pergolas, where he clings. No matter where the winter jasmine grows exactly, it looks very decorative and provides beautiful splashes of color in the barren winter landscape. Interesting is the fact that the winter jasmine actually drops its leaves in autumn and the flowers appear on bare branches in winter. But these are green, so many people think that winter jasmine is an evergreen plant. This is not the case, but it is important that we can admire its real flower all winter long. Especially in the darkest season, when each of us longs for more color and natural beauty.
Picture 4: So much beauty can be experienced in winter!