Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The beauty that is Clematis

I love Clematis. It is my favorite among all of my plants. I have several of them, 6 varieties at the moment, totaling 10 plants so far.

This is Clematis Multi-Blue. I have heard people say that they thought Clematis didn't like being transplanted, but I transplanted this from my old place with no difficulties at all. It grows to 8' tall, is hardy in zones 3-9, has medium sized double flowers in mid-season and may rebloom in early autumn.
Meet Mrs. James Mason. Although not very visible in this picture, she has a red bar running down each petal. She grows 8-10' tall and is hardy in zones 4-9. This one too, was transplanted from my old place.
This is Nelly Moser. Pale pink with darker pink striped petals. She grows 6-9' and I think even higher. Hardy in zones 4-9. I transplanted this one from my moms yard many years ago to my old place, and then, in the middle of summer, transplanted it once again to our new place. Super durable!
This is Clematis Jackmanii. This too was transplanted from my old place. It grows 9-13' tall with medium sized flowers and is hardy in zones 3-9.
Ahhh, the wonderfully fragrant fall blooming Sweet Autumn Clematis. This is a biggie, growing 16-22' tall. This was given to me by my gardening friend Diane while I lived at my old place. It too was transplanted here. It is hardy zones 5-9. I have 5 of these now.
And last, but certainly not least, is H.F. Young. I have two of these and it is my favorite. I love the brilliant lavender blue color and it blooms its head off. It grows 6-9' tall, has big beautiful blooms and is hardy in zones 4-9. I really love this one.

I have seeds for several more varieties, but I have no idea what they are. Seeds that were given to me or that I have requested. All I know at this point is that they have purple flowers. I have winter sown them all, hoping that I will get at least one from each type seed. It does not bother me that I don't know what they are, because even if they are the same types that I have, I will enjoy them all. I really love Clematis and hope to double my amount of them this year. They are so simple to grow and so beautiful! I recommend browsing the following web sites for additional resources.
American Clematis Society


Anthony said...

What a great Clematis resource this post it. And the pictures make me want to break out my garden catalogs and start placing Clematis orders. :)

After some pool renovations last summer, I'm left with empty beds all around the pool. About 50 feet of this is next to a chain link fence in full sun.

Do you think I could grow Clematis up my fence?

Angie said...

Thank you for your comments.
Yes, Clematis would grow on your fence and it would be spectacular to see them blooming while in your pool. It is such a versatile vine. You can pretty much think of your favorite color and you would be able to find Clematis with that color bloom. There is such a huge variety of them, that you can get several different types and let them intwine together. I actually have 3 types on one trellis. None of them bloom at the same time, so there is always color there.
I hope you get at least one, you will really enjoy it. Make sure you take some before and after pictures, I sure would like to see them.
Good luck!