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The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

17 best plants for cool-season color

Brighten gray, drizzly days with the West's best cool-season flowers

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Winter jasmine (jasminum nudiflorum), Carolina Jasmine (Gwlsemium Sempervirens)
Jerry Pavia

Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum

Perennial

The slender, willowy stems of this jasmine stand out beautifully in a winter landscape. Bright yellow flowers appear in winter or early spring, before handsome glossy, three-leafleted leaves unfurl. Don’t be disappointed though – the flowers on this jasmine are unscented.

The vine will reach 4 feet high and 7 feet wide if unsupported. Train it on a trellis or wall and it will grow to 15 feet tall. Winter jasmine will grow in less-than-perfect conditions but will be a most prolific bloomer in full sun and good soil.

Cut back heavily before spring growth occurs to keep tidy, and pinch as needed throughout the year to control growth.

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