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Question: Hello,
I really want something like a jasmine have but I live in too cold a climate (zone 6) I have a relatively small back yard surrounded by a cedar fence with a pretty hill - rock garden. The garden has yarrow, echinaecia, a variety of daylillies, and yuccas. There are spots with seedum ground cover and bugalweed. It needs something small and hopefully flowering and fragrant at the top. The soil is hard clay with balanced ph. If I had my choice it would be a hardy jasmine.

Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: There are a number of possibilities for your garden. Here are a few suggestions:
Weigela, Variegated; Graceful arching shrub has loads of densely clustered 1" pink blooms that attract hummingbirds from late spring into fall.

Lilac, Sensation; Sweet fragrance outdoors and in bouquets. Useful as a border shrub and in colorful hedges.

Butterfly Bush, Empire Blue; Silvery foliage with rich violet-blue panicles up to 14" long features an intense orange eye.

Hydrangea, Royal Red; Blazing red 4" flower heads decorate trouble-free shade-loving shrubs that grow 3-6' high.

Mock Orange, Double; Superb, hardy ornamental shrub is loaded with large, fragrant, 2" white double blooms during late spring.

Burning Bush, Dwarf; Low-care shrub is famed for its showy foliage, which turns a fiery crimson in fall.

Hope one of these is just right for your garden.

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