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Jasminum  vines and scandent shrubs, with flowers that are usually fragrant to some degree in horticultural forms. Oleaceae. rev 9/2011

angulare  flowers  very fragrant, starry white flowers from late spring through fall, held upright in clusters. It grows up and out, to 10-15', and how you treat it will determine if it's a shrub, groundcover, or vine. Trim back in early spring for shrubbery, let it go unaided for a groundcover, and tie it to something or let it sprawl on support for a vine. It's evergreen to 20-25F, with beautiful dark green leaves. A nice one to grow in a container with a obelisk in it. Will take sun or part shade and wants regular waterings. Coming from South Africa, it won't take too much cold, Sunset zones 16-24/USDA 9.H rev 9/2011-Suzy Brooks

humile ‘Revolutum’    wonderful flowers    habit    this is the true “J. revolutum,” not an inferior clone masquerading, which is really just the normal form of J. humile. Every yard should have one. This, the real McCoy, has much larger leaves, AND much bigger flowers to an inch across, AND they're are fragrant, AND it blooms year around. The flowers are intense, almost golden yellow, against bright green leaves. The fragrance is strong, quite noticeable away from the plant, and is very much like that of Sweet Peas. It has a semivining habit like a climbing rose and gets 12-15' tall and wide without restraint. Full to part sun, average watering, but very tough and drought tolerant when established. Evergreen and hardy in Portland, Oregon, USDA zone 8, and undamaged at 8°F there. Sunset zones 6 and higher, USDA probably zone 7, at least. rev 9/2011

officinale 'Fiona Sunrise'   flowers and leaves, August    leaves start out chartreuse and quickly mature to gold, and stay gold, sun or shade. Not a rampant grower, just acceptably fast (enough), climbing by scandent branches to 6-10' tall, and eventually covering moderately larger areas. Fragrant white flowers are produced in small terminal clusters from fall through spring, depending on winter temperatures. This is a great foliage-color plant to use against any dark wall or fence, or other plant. Just be careful about reflected-heat burn on stems. USDA zone 7/Sunset 5-9, 12-24/USDA 7. rev 2015 

polyanthum    PINK JASMINE    closeup    habit    showy buds    famous for almost choking-strong fragrance, this is righfully the most common vining jasmine in the trade. It grows as a fast, twining evergreen vine with small, fine textured, pinnate leavesand bears massed clusters of small, showy, deep pink buds that open to heavily fragrant white flowers. Heaviest bloom is in winter and spring, but plants can be almost everblooming in cool summer, warm winter climates (us!). Sun to part shade, average to little summer watering. Damaged by frost below 25°F. Western China. rev 9/2011

Jovibarba    JOB'S BEARD, HENS AND CHICKS    small rosetting succulents native to mountains of southeastern Europe. They closely resemble and are closely related to Sempervivum, and are sometimes classified there, but as a group they grow as much tighter clumps and must be cut apart instead of dividing easily like the Semps. Rosettes are monocarpic (die after flowering) but new plants bud from the base of the parent rosette. Flowers are always greenish, versus usually pinkish in Sempervivum, and are held on relatively long spikes. All are very frost hardy but need good drainage, and prefer highly-mineral soils or soil mixes. All are hardy to USDA zone 3. Crassulaceae. rev 4/2018

hueffelii 'Randolph'   juvenile plant   silvery-fuzzy green leaves, eventually glowing lime green in their mature phase, with broad, highly contrasting dark maroon tips and outer margins. Forms a cluster of tight rosettes to about 4-5" tall, flower stalks can reach 6-8". rev 4/2018
heffelii 'Select Red'
  juvenile plant    mostly dark maroon leaves have bright green bases. Forms a cluster of tight rosettes to about 4-5" tall, flower stalks can reach 6-8". rev 4/2018 

Juncus  RUSH   grass-like plants that grow as clumps, found growing in a range of habitats and soils. Many will take seasonal inundation followed by very dry conditions, making them particularly useful in California landscapes. rev 5/2010

'Blue Dart'    container   spikey and upright blue foliage mix well with other plants in containers or the garden. So adaptable too, takes dry soil or standing water, sun or shade. About 15" tall and clumping. Looks great with rocks and water. USDA zone 5/Sunset all zones. rev 4/2015-Suzy Brooks 

effusus 'Occidental Blue'  Dream Inn   nice vigor, with a conspicuously stiff, upright habit, intense blue grey color, and clean presentation. Hardy to USDA zone 8/Sunset zones 5-9, 14-24. rev 5/2010

'Goldstrike'  stripe   straight stems of dark green with a gold stripe going up the side. Grows 2-3' tall, great for real water gardens in 6" of water or along side in boggy soil. Good vertical accent in containers, surround with black pebbles for a nice contrast. Sun or part shade. All Sunset zones/USDA 5. rev 3/2013-Suzy Brooks  

inflexus 'Afro'   curly leaves     spiral blue rush leaves, to 12-18" long, quite effective by itself in a striking container or used with other plants. Juncaceae. Sun or part shade, infrequent watering required. Hardy to USDA zone 8/Sunset zones 5-9, 14-24. rev 12/2004.

‘Lovesick Blues’    nursery plant, best I can do    this species is distinguished by its much more horizontal habit. Stiff, wonderfully steel blue leaves to 2' long. Can be used in masses or spotted as an accent plant against rocks, red foliaged plants, or even used in mixed containers. Hardy to USDA zone 8/Sunset zones 5-9, 14-24. rev 5/2010