added by C. Dominica McG
(15 months ago)
Crowds out weeds.Asian jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) has been a popular evergreen ground cover in the South for years, and when we say weed smothering, we mean it with this one. It's for those who want a very low, very dense hedge. If you're in the market for that with a little added pizzazz, check out these fabulous variegated cultivars: 'Gold Brocade' (shown here) features wild and crazy gold foliage with reddish new growth, while 'Tricolor' (next photo) is more demure in mottled white with pink new growth.
This brand of jasmine is grown primarily for foliage and seldom blooms. These cultivars thrive in average conditions in sun or shade. They're solidly hardy in zones 8 to 10 but definitely worth a shot in zone 7. Their unvariegated parent grows just fine well into warmer parts of zone 6, though it's less proven there. All are lively, glossy-leafed garden additions that send weeds packing.