Winter flowering Jasmine is a popular climbing plant which is easy to grow and flowers from November to March. This yellow variety illustrated is Jasminum nudiflorum, commonly sold online and in garden centres. It is fully hardy to H5 and matures to grow up to 3m tall and similar in width, with arching branches which will create a mound. Although commonly described as a climbing plant, it has no tendrils and is not very self supporting; it is more of shrubby scrambler than a climber. It has long arching branches which will arch upwards and over a fence or wall and can easily be trained or tied to cover a structure. If growing Jasmine vertically up a wall or fence, it will need to be tied in to train the growth.
Winter flowering Jasmine is deciduous with dark green leaves, which appear after flowering in April lasting to around October, and the leaves tend to be sparse. Unlike other Jasmines, (which tend not to be fully hardy) it is not scented. On Jasmine nudiflorum, as it's name indicates, the flowers appear ahead of any leaves on bare branches. In common with many climbing plants, Winter flowering Jasmine is vigorous and grows relatively quickly.
Winter flowering Jasmine will grow on any soil, acid or alkaline, and will grow in semishade, although it flowers best in sun. It is tolerant of any soil including dry sites and poor soils. Winter flowering Jasmine needs very little attention which means it is easy to grow. It does not demand pruning, although as the plant matures pruning is helpful to tidy it up a bit and to contain the plant within its allotted space.
Given that its leaves are fairly sparse it look a bit untidy when not in flower. To improve on this problem it is often planted with an evergreen shrub or an evergreen climber such as Ivy. As a combination Ivy and Jasmine are tough and tolerant of soil types, and semi shade and would be ideal for a difficult spot in the garden, such as a north facing wall. It is a bit vigorous to grow in a container, but given its tolerance of poor conditions it could be grown in a largish container.
Winter flowering Jasmine can get a bit messy so that the stems are a tangle, as shown in the image above right. This can be tidied up by pruning.