|Asian Jasmine used as groundcover|
|Asian Jasmine neatly trimmed|
Do you want to know the truth about this plant? Asian Jasmine is horribly invasive. It sends out runners that will cover everything. And I mean everything! I have seen this plant take over entire bushes, walls, benches, trees, parts of houses, - you name it - if left untended. It will eat the entire garden if left to its own devices, and I've heard lots of horror stories. I believe every one of them. Told by flashlight around a circle, those tales can be downright scary. In broad daylight, the horrifying sight of a neglected garden completely devoured by this beast is worse than any tale of a bogeyman, and will bring a gardener to their knees.
|Asian Jasmine escaping|
So, if you plan on using Asian Jasmine for a groundcover, be forewarned that you will need to treat it like a toddler: you can't leave it alone, or the outcome will probably be a diasaster.
|And still more escaping|
I was well aware of this plant's tendencies toward invasiveness, so I planted mine with hesitation. And I surrounded it with concrete. And still I must trim it. Not just once, not twice, but several times a year. (Weekly would be better, and probably required as it matures.) So, while it is very good at what it does, it is not easy care. Definitely not a good choice for the lazy gardener.
|And even more.....escaping|
So, try this at home - if you dare. But if you don't want your garden to be eaten by a green monster, be prepared for quite a bit of maintenance.