So when it flowers, I either look like a besotted idiot or a hopeless flower addict.
The first jasminum I planted was the one gran had – the single-petalled variety which yielded lots of flowers every day. We’d pick the blossoms off the bush and transfer its perfume indoors.
But the fully double-petalled bloom of the Grand Duke of Tuscany is extra special. It is unlike other jasmines; almost an aristocrat in its ivory perfection. And each bloom measures about two inches across.
Now we have more than a couple of Dukes tucked here and there in the garden.
Every now and then, we’d find a few plump ivory buds waiting to unfurl and spill their sweet perfume…
Care and propagation: well drained soil; water moderately; full sun; propagate using cuttings