pergola climbers

This question was asked by
ROBERT

Hi

I have just had a large pergola built on my decking and want to choose some nice climbers to provide summer cover over the top and also colour for summer and winter not got a clue what ones to choose can you help please ?

thank you

Hi I would go for Viticella types for summer and cirrhosa types for winter please se both links below

Clematis – Viticella

Clematis – Cirrhosa

Chris and Suzy

Suitable for a coastal garden

This question was asked by
Martin

Hello,
First, just to let you know I am very happy with the Nubia I received from you in January; it’s growing well on a balcony in Cork, Ireland.

I’m now interested in whether you might have a recommendation for a clematis for a windy coastal garden in West Cork (prevailing SW winds) but there are some walls that could provide relatively sheltered positions.

Thank you kindly

Martin Tuohy

Hi Martin, yes our viticella range will do very well there as they live the tough / challenging conditions. See link to about 40 of them below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Tall clematis

This question was asked by
Ghislaine

Hello! I would like to grow a clematis up into my birch tree. The knotted fishing line is already in place on the south facing side. Ideally i would like to grow it in pot. Can you please recommend a variety that might be suitable. I can send a photograph is that would help. Thank you.

Hi I would probably go for our viticella types as they are about the tallest ones that will still grow from a pot, they can be grown in any aspect and are great at climbing so all in all the best ones really. They are available in many different colours and are mostly available now for planting now.
as all our plants are 2 years old in 2 litre pots and fully hardy, it means that they are fully mature and can be planted at anytime of year, so the sooner they go in the better they will perform this same season.
Hope this helps, please find the link below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Clematis

This question was asked by
Alison

I have never done very well with Clematis in my garden. I have two early flowering ones that seem to do Ok, by mistake they are both pale blue! I need something that is idiot proof, flowers a bit later and is not pale blue . Can you help? I have a long standing love of Burma Star, but it just won’t grown for me. Many thanks.

Hi Alison, you wont go far wrong with any of our viticella range as they are bullet proof! they get on with the job in any aspect and create lots of flower. As all our plants are 2 years old in 2 litre pots and fully hardy, it means that they are fully mature and can be planted at anytime of year, so the sooner they go in the better they will perform this same season.
Hope this helps, please find the link below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Picardy or any small flowering group 3 clematis

This question was asked by
Jeff

I am looking for a group 3 clematis preferably with abundant smallish flowers of red or blue/purple colour which will grow quickly up to a max height of 3/3.5 metres could you please suggest.

Hi Jeff, Picardy only grows 1 metre, the viticella types are going to be the best for you really, and are available in all your colour options, and will hit 3-3.5 meres I have included the link to all of them below so you can peruse them at you leisure (about 4 pages of them) they form a ‘blanket’ of small flowers all summer long so are very good value for money. As all our plants are 2 years old in 2 litre pots and fully hardy, it means that they are fully mature and can be planted at anytime of year, so the sooner they go in the better they will perform this same season.
Hope this helps, please find the link below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Doubling up of clematis grown on structure/raised beds

This question was asked by
Jayne

Hello.
We have 4 square raised beds (approx 18” high) which sit at the foot of a 4-sided metal gazebo. I want to plant tall clematis on each of the legs with the intention that these grow over the gazebo and all meet in the centre. But I am wondering if it would be possible to also grow a shorter variety at the foot of each taller one to add to the display.

Our garden is on a floodplain, hence the raised beds, and is in a frost pocket.

Am I being too ambitious?

Hi Jane sorry for the late reply but we have been mega busy this week with mail order.
Yes it sounds like a good idea I would suggest using our viticella types for the height on the uprights then some of our boulevard collection for lots of flower nearer the bottom . This will work very well and is used by many garden designers to achieve this effect. Please find the links below

Clematis – Viticella

BOULEVARD Collection PATIO CLEMATIS

Chris and Suzy

PERLE D AZURE

This question was asked by
TIM

Hello
You e mailed me to inform me Perle D Azure was now available I gather from your web site that they have all gone is this correct.If so can you suggest an alternative, this to replace a 20 year old that is growing into an old apple tree that has died .Thank you.

Hi Tim, yes they are now out of stock again I’m afraid, I would probably go for a viticella type in’s its place and possibly one called ‘sunny sky’ might be the closest (see links below)

Sunny Sky

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Snowdrift

This question was asked by
George

We have a 20-year-old Snowdrift that forms a huge dome on the top of a gleditsia tree, almost smothering it. It is in full flower at the moment. Is it of value to wildlife (moths? butterflies?) or should I take it down and replace it with a later flowering one? It seems a waste!

Hi, if it’s becoming a problem then take it down after it’s finished flower and replace it with a viticella type. I don’t know whether they are of any value to wildlife but what I can say is that it’s not on our ‘bees and butterflies’ section (so probably not)
If you get one of our mature Viticellas in before the end of April then it will still do pretty well this same season
Hope this helps please see link below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Clematis for apple tree

This question was asked by
Hazel

Please could you recommend a clematis to grow up through a apple tree. I don’t want it to smother the tree so is there one that could be pruned annually?

The tree faces North west and gets the sun from kid day but the roots are mostly in the shade. The tree is approximately 5 metres tall.
Thanking you in advance

Hi Hazel any of our viticella types will be fine up your apple tree, they are very tough and robust and can be cut back every spring, so do not get tangled up in the tree- they are also available in many different colours. As all our plants are 2 years old in 2 litre pots and fully hardy, it means that they are fully mature and can be planted at anytime of year, so the sooner they go in the better they will perform this same season.
Hope this helps, please see link below

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Size of our plants

This question was asked by
Kit

Hi, We have just bought a metal arch. Also two container roses to grow over it, but they cannot be planted out util June. I would like a viticella Clematis to grow up the arch as well. I have been admiring several of yours! We are eager to put the clematis in but is it better to wait until it is warmer. Please advise!

Hi Kit, it won’t matter with our viticella’s as all our plants are 2 years old in 2 litre pots and fully hardy, it means that they are fully mature and can be planted at anytime of year, so the sooner they go in the better they will perform this same season.
Hope this helps

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy