Flower of the Week: Jasmine
Although there are hundreds of varieties throughout the world, the common jasmine is widely available in the U.S. from late spring to early fall.
Most jasmine has a trailing, vine-like quality, which makes it well suited to loose, romantic bouquets and centerpieces.
Jasmine foliage and flowers are quite delicate and prone to drying out in the heat. Keep cut pieces in water as long as possible and spritz occasionally with a spray bottle to freshen up.
The buds of common jasmine are pale pink (the flower closes at night time), and the flowers themselves are white.
Common jasmine is relatively inexpensive, but it can sometimes be tricky to find large pieces that are cut. One option is to buy a larger plant and trim the vine from there (or if it’s in the height of the season, find it growing wild).
It works well with:
Jasmine pairs nicely with other romantic late spring and summer blooms like peonies, garden roses, and ranunculi. Because the vine can be a bit cumbersome in large quantities, it’s best to keep jasmine as a smaller accent in a bouquet or as a very simple, trailing centerpiece.
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