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Varieties of jessamine

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While recording a recent show, Agent Paul Thompson and Terasa Lott both gave information about yellow jessamine. Paul said it has interesting dried seed pods – which must drop seeds everywhere as it can become a nuisance if you have it growing in flower beds. Terasa told us that swamp jessamine doesn’t have that sweet fragrance but blooms in the spring and the fall; however, it really prefers almost boggy conditions. She added that a cross between the two, sometimes called Duet or Double Shot, gives us two seasons of blooms and a more soil tolerant vine. Once established, this hybrid can take some extended dry periods but for its best performance, give it some extra irrigation during those harsh times. I’m not a big fan of reblooming azaleas, but I think I’d like to give this vine a try.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.