Margarita Carolina Jessamine
Legendary fragrance and plentiful blooms!
'Margarita' is a powerhouse of a vine, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall (or more!) and 5 feet wide, and blooming very, very heavily in late spring and early summer. No fragrance in the world equals the balmy, sweet scent of Jasmine, and 'Margarita' transforms your patio, arbor, or sunny garden into a tropical paradise with every breath you take!
The blooms are wonderfully showy -- bright yellow, trumpet-shaped, and held in big 2- to 3-inch clusters that really stand out against glossy, deep green evergreen leaves. 'Margarita' can withstand a bit of shade without losing any bloom strength, so feel free to let it twine up open-habit shrubs and small trees. Its traditional spots include the mailbox post (gathering up those bills and advertising flyers was never so pleasant!), lamppost, and any and all trellises, arbors, and fences. Let it tumble over a wall to surprise passersby with its scent, or have it frame an entryway so that guests step into your home with a smile!
In the perennial garden, 'Margarita' makes a fine backdrop to any late spring- or summer-flowering plant. I like it behind Hardy Geraniums and Daylilies, where it adds some much-needed fragrance to their colorful display! But it's right at home with annuals, too, from Petunia to Impatiens.
Over time 'Margarita' will become top-heavy, so you might want to cut it back heavily right after it blooms (late summer or so) every 3 or 4 years. Beyond this, it needs no attention, tolerating heat, humidity, poor soil, and even drought (once established) in your garden! Deer and rabbits leave it alone, but nobody else will -- it's a star in any setting!
Space plants about 5 feet apart for good solid coverage. Zones 6-9.
|Zone||6 - 9|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Mid Summer|
|Plant Height||8 ft - 10 ft|
|Plant Width||5 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Easy Care Plants, Fragrance|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Beds, Border, Hedge, Ornamental, Vines and Climbers|
|Restrictions||Guam, Virgin Islands, Canada, Hawaii, Puerto Rico|