Good idea? Pink Jasmine and climbing rose?

mehetabelle(z8/9 CA)February 18, 2006

Is this a good idea?

One of my mature climbing antique roses has 2" thick canes with foliage only on top. The rose is healthy, but the canes look scary -- all those thorns.

I am thinking of planting a pink jasmine at the foot of the rose so it will climb into the canes and camouflage them a bit, especially now when the rose is bare.

Is this a good idea or too much competition for the rose? Or too much light/water for the jasmine?


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shic_2006(4a 5a)

I think pink Chilean jasmine do not have strong fragrance.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2006 at 2:47PM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)


Many people want thorn-less roses. Actually there are: Lady Banks' Rose (Rosa banksiae) is one such plant.

check out:
Rosa Banksiae 1

Rosa Banksiae 2

Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 4-33
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 10°F (-12°C)

Heat Tolerance: Avoid afternoon sun in summer in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Central and western China

Growth Habits: Evergreen climber, fast growing to 20 feet (6 m) or more. The "World's Largest Rose" (in Tombstone, Arizona) is a Lady Banks' Rose, and supported by 68 posts and spanning 70 feet (21 m)

Watering Needs: Drought tolerant, but does better with regular water.

Propagation: Cuttings

    Bookmark   February 19, 2006 at 4:32PM
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Pink jasmine = jasminum x. stephanense? I've never smelled much scent from this one, and there are a bunch that'd be hardy in your zone.

Here are my thoughts:

1. They're vines; if one gets too ornery, you can just cut it back.

2. If the bloom times overlap, they have to look and smell good together -- white is probably a better blend with other colors than pink, but hey, it's a personal thing!

3. As long as both plants have enough root run, and you're good about watering, you should be OK.

If you go for it, send a pic with blooms, it sounds like a neat idea!


    Bookmark   February 21, 2006 at 11:20AM
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shic_2006(4a 5a)


Chilean jasmine is Mandevilla Laxa. They are not real jasmine. See linked images.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2006 at 10:33AM
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nomadic(z8 PNW)

Hi Mehetabelle,
Sounds like a good idea. Pink jasmine (I presume you are referring to J. polyanthum) is not that fastidious so I guess it won't be a problem. I'm sure there will be an interesting mix of scents, too. Another idea would be honeysuckle (Goldflame)although it is supposed to be deciduous?

    Bookmark   February 24, 2006 at 1:29AM
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mehetabelle(z8/9 CA)

Hi, I am referring to J. Polyanthum. Very fragrant, easy to grow and propagate. Wonder if the roots are deep enough to compete with the rose? What climbing, fragrant vine has shallow roots?

    Bookmark   March 11, 2006 at 1:50PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I have Clematis combined with my climbing roses with no problems at all. I would not hesitate to combine with J. polyanthum if it was reliably hardy here.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:16PM
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