Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter.
“What is that yellow flower?” is a frequent question from our winter visitors. As the common name suggests, winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) does indeed flower this time of year, but will do so more readily during mild spells.
Native to northern China, it is hardy to our area and, with its vigorous and sprawling habit, it makes a great cover for a wall or a steep bank.
We have it in two locations, one is at the north end of our parking lot, where it covers the retaining wall.
The other is tucked into a corner between the Flower Garden and the east end of the Cactus and Succulent House, the right-hand wing of the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory.
The delicate foliage emerges in spring, after flowering has finished, and remains a healthy green for the entire growing season.