|C. montana Rubens|
Link to our Climbing Plant Talk on Saturday 12th May
The macropeta varieties are coming out now and the alpina will follow in a few weeks. These clematis are perfect for scrambling and a burst of early spring colour. They are unlikely to get clematis wilt as they are on a different rootstock.
|Clematis alpina Jacqueline du Pre|
|Clematis alpina Francis Rivis|
|Clematis alpina Blue Dancer|
|Clematis macropetala Purple Sider|
|Clematis macropetala Broughton Bride|
Clematis Early Sensation
|Clematis Wisley Cream|
|Montana Rubens Superba|
The Montana family of clematis perform in the spring and like the name there are a huge number of varieties in white to pale pink/pastle tones to dark deep pink.These are noted for getting rather large and are ideal for scalling fences and buildings. They are excellent for archways. To prune simple remove the 3 D's(dead, diseased and damaged) and trim to the height you want the plant to remain as with many shrubs.
Clematis armandii is perfect if you need a strong evergreen to cover a large area. Deep green leaves and a mass of fragrant white flowers in spring make it an excellent choice in the right place with enough space.