suitable clematis

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Cath

Hi. I am looking for a clematis that will cover the roof of my pergola. The ‘Modern Gardens’ magazine recommends the Sweet Autumn plant but I am not sure if it will be hardy enough. We live in an open spot which catches strong winds, are at approx. 200 metres above sea level however it will get the sun (if we are lucky)! I already have a Montana so I was thinking of a later flowering plant. It will be next to our window so will be in full view. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks

Hi Cath, I would probably go for any of our viticella types for the top of you pergola, they reach good heights and are very robust and flower later in the season, 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
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Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Clematis suitable for east facing fence

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Jan

Fence area to be covered approx 12 feet. Sun mainly am/early pm, soil alkaline. I would like suggestions for suitable evergreen and deciduous clematis for this area. The fence is at the end of the garden, so perhaps a clematis that flowers early and then a couple for June/July. I live in the south of England. Thank you in advance for your help.

Hi Jan the evergreens would be any from the cirrhosa species and the deciduous would be any from the viticella species. There are lots of varieties within the species to choose from. I have included the links below for you. 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 – Cirrhosa

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Clematis Winter Beauty

This question was asked by
Irene

Can you suggest a clematis to grow through Winter Beauty to give some colour in the summer. Winter Beauty is planted on an east facing wall with morning sun in summer until about midday.

Hi Irene I would probably go for any of our viticella types they are available in lots of different colours and flower all thru the summer (see link below)
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

Trellis

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Richard

I have five trellis panels in a row, 6’x6’ each.
I grow sweet peas up them but am thinking of having clematis as a longer lasting feature in addition. So I picture clematis growing up each post and along the top of the trellis thus framing the sweet peas. And of course providing flowers for as long as possible. What would you recommend please? I’m down in Somerset with clay soil. The trellis is west facing but gets some shade from trees

Hi Richard I would recommend giving our viticella types a go as these will be the best for the job.
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. I’ve included the link to 4 pages of them below
Hope this helps

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

Trellis

This question was asked by
Richard

I have five trellis panels in a row, 6’x6’ each.
I grow sweet peas up them but am thinking of having clematis as a longer lasting feature in addition. So I picture clematis growing up each post and along the top of the trellis thus framing the sweet peas. And of course providing flowers for as long as possible. What would you recommend please? I’m down in Somerset with clay soil. The trellis is west facing but gets some shade from trees

Hi Richard I would recommend our viticella types for this job, as they will do the height and are very good climbers, they are also very tough so will stand up to the heavy soil better than most others. They are all 2 years old and ready to plant now, lots of colours for you to choose from too please find a link to them below, hope this helps

Clematis – Viticella

Chris and Suzy

clematis for a bare hedge

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john

I have a shared hedge at the bottom of my garden. One side (my side)has died, the other side is fine.My side side was destroyed by cover from a tree and shrub-now removed. I would like some clematis plants to scramble over the dead hedge and so cover it. The hedge is 5 foot high and 60′ wide. do you think that this is a good idea?

Hi John yes I would go for a mix of 3 species ‘Montana’ and ‘viticella’ types mainly (and maybe the odd ‘alpina’ type) this will give a great coverage for the whole of the 60 feet and will also give you flowers for a long time thru the year, they are available in lots of different colours, so a good choice for you.
I have included the 3 main links for them below, however each species has lots of varieties within it for you to browse (choose which ever you like the look of, as long as they are 1 of the 3 named species you will be fine.
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 – Montana

Clematis – Viticella

Clematis – Alpina

Chris and Suzy