False Jasmine

Gelsemium sempervirens

False Jasmine

Gelsemium sempervirens
Add a touch of the tropics to your patio!
This deliciously scented false jamine will flower profusely right through the summer. It likes a sheltered, sunny spot on a patio with some sort of climbing frame. False jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) conjures up a warm and sunny atmosphere, the plant is originally from the south eastern states of the US! False jasmine flowers right into the autumn with cheerful and deliciously scented yellow trumpet flowers. As the leaves are a dark green they contrast wonderfully with the blooms. Do store the false jasmine frost-free in the winter. The false jasmine is so called because it resembles the delicate jasmine plant. Also known as the evening trumpet flower.
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False Jasmine
False Jasmine
Latin name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Yellow
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: No
Self polinating: No
Edible: No
Scented: Deliciously Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: May - September
Growing Height: 150 - 200 cm
Planting distance: 70 - 80 cm

The scented false jasmine will thrive in potting compost. Choose a large planter with suitable holes in the base. Cover the base with potsherds or a layer of hydro-pellets. Add some potting compost and plant the Gelsemium sempervirens root ball at the right depth. Fill the pot with more of the same potting compost and press it all down. Water generously, immediately. Stand the planter with your false jasmine in a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio or decking.
This plant loves a fertile, moisture retaining soil.

Planting false jasmine in the garden

This scented false jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) combines wonderfully with other climbers. Try planting it together with a common jasmine (Jasminum officinale) this has white flowers -  if you like things scented, add some other scented flowers like lemon scented geranium and cascading mini-roses. How about Clematis tibntana ssp. tangutica for a gorgeous mix of yellow flowers too.
You can even plant your false jasmine out for the duration of summer (pot and all). Just don't forget to lift it and store frost-free before things get too cold.


Gelsemium sempervirens is a climber for the patio, with pliable stems just begging to be trained up a climbing frame. It will always require some sort of support in its pot. A light pruning after flowering is recommended. We recommend giving your false jasmine a regular feed too for rich flowering.

Keeping false jasmine over the winter

Although false jasmine can withstand some cold it is only fairly hardy - up to minus 10˚C in garden soil. It will only survive the winter in a really very sheltered position, and if the soil drains well. False jasmine is evergreen but will lose leaf in severe winters. This will grow back in the spring. Keeping it outdoors though is not really recommended.
We recommend that you bring your Gelsemium sempervirens indoors to a cool and light (4-12˚C) position before the first frosts. Water sparingly. Stand it somewhere warmer from April then around mid-May, your scented false jasmine can adorn your patio once more. If the winter is mild, bringing the potted plant indoors during the worst frosts should suffice.


The cheerful yellow flowers of scented false jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) smell delicious and will perfume your whole patio. The flowers will appear from June through into the autumn. The pointed, leathery leaf will stay on the plant all year round. The twigs will entwine themselves up supports. Try some strong wire, bamboo cane or a climbing frame.

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