In the Garden: Jasmine Trellis
We have a local nursery semi-close to our house that is my single most favorite place in all of LA. I usually go every weekend and buy myself a new plant. I think that's a great way to build your plant collection - just buy a one at a time every so often and before you know you are basically Ina Garten in a Garden. See what I did there? Also, let it be known that there will be a heavy amount of Ina Garten references on this site because she is my single most favorite person that isn't an immediate family member.
So anyways. To the the nursery I go. Usually there is something during the week that I think about and decide I want and plan to buy it on the weekend. We are working on making our little deck a lush garden oasis so plants that are fast growing and vining are good options to achieve that quickly. I am avoiding the usual southern California cactus collection, not because I don't love the look of it but because I'm used the lushness of the PNW and comforted by it. Also though, I'm really trying to achieve those english cottage garden vibes because...Ina Garten.
We measured the space before going to the nursery and bought a large wood trellis (which we cut down to the exact size we needed), a fairly mature jasmine plant, and a large terracotta pot. I think all together it was somewhere around $70 - which ain't bad for the impact it makes but also further proves my point that you should buy your plants slowly because it starts to add up.
Once we had our jasmine baby home we uncut the branches from the stakes it came with and wove the branches through the trellis. It's so fragrant, it's one of my favorite plants yet. Now we're just waiting on a couple chairs to come for the deck before we fill up the space with any more plant babies. Stay tuned!