The Q&A Archives: Flowering evergreen vine

Question: I have a large patio with a wrought iron fence. I am looking for a flowering evergreen vine that can grow from a hanging planter, grows quickly, and does well in sun. I was thinking about confederate jasmine or winter jasmine.. Any thoughts?

Answer: Your zip code places you in winter hardiness zone 6B. Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) would grow well in your area if planted in the ground. It is a fast grower and looks great in bloom, out of bloom it tends to look a bit scraggly and can out of bounds quickly. In winter it has green stems that are attractive but it is not densely evergreen. I am concerned about growing it in a container however. THe roots will not be as well insulated as they would be in the ground, and they will also be exposed to oscillating soil temperatures, both of these scenarios are stressful on plants. So, you might experiment and see how it does.

Confederate jasmine/ star jasmine or Trachelospermum jasminoides is only hardy to zone 8 so it would not be winter hardy for you. You could grow it in a large container and bring it indoors for the winter, but then you would probably have to keep it pruned back and would lose the draping cascading effect. Again, you could experiment and see if you like the results.

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