Photo by Melissa Louise for Kokoon
Our jasmine wall espalier – a question we get asked often about, how did we do it? Well, handyman Dennis to the rescue, I just told him I wanted a perfect square in the diamond shape and from where to where and he anchored eye screws with floral wire to the wall, using plug anchors (make sure these are the right size for whatever screws you get). Really that simple. If you aren’t sure where to go, draw it on the wall with chalk.
The jasmine gets morning sun which is best for it or else it will scorch. We added drip irrigation.
I went to the nursery and bought the cheapest climbing jasmine I could find. It killed me but I couldn’t buy 13 huge ones, I wanted to save money and patience would just have to come. I untangled each plant’s vines and wrapped them around the wall just going up on both sides.
It’s crazy to see my backyard like this, completely bare and now it’s filled with trees and the wall is covered. Let this be encouragement to all of you if you are starting with a barebones no personality backyard. We all start from somewhere. Today our wood fence is painted white and you can’t see through the trees!
I use to put pink geraniums between my vines every season. I probably should do that again but it sometimes gets so exhausting digging 12 small holes. But you know what, I think this year I’m going to do it!
Oh hey look, hello baby Elm tree that is now taller than a two story house. You guys look at photos of your babies and think they’ve grown so fast, I look at photos of my backyard and trees and think how time flies.
Within two years it looked like this –
I used to trim them every spring so they would stay in a diamond shape. It really took forever. It’s exhausting and I decided to let it be. I will take a hedger and cut anything that pokes out from the wall. Anything between the eyelet screws can be quite difficult.
I suggest if you live in Phoenix to cut them as soon as the cooler weather hits because you have a good few months of non crazy jasmine growing time. They grow like a weed in the spring so there’s no point cutting at the start of spring or else all your pruning goes to waste.
Again, here are the tools: eye screws with plug anchors with floral wire – and to get the eyelet screws secured to any cinderblock wall you’d probably want some plastic anchors and a good drill bit for the material you are drilling into – concrete block or wood.