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Including Clematis viticella, Clematis montana, Clematis chrysocoma, Clematis x triternata, and Clematis terniflora

Clematis

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Clematis

Simple and beautiful, Clematis includes over 300 named cultivars and even more wild species than the rose. Our selections offer opulent blossoms, attractive, carefree foliage, and ornamental seed heads, in exchange for a minimum of attention. Use them to cover just about every stump and dead tree, as well as on trellises, arbors, pergolas, walls and tall shrubs. They prefer to be planted slightly deep in cool, well drained soil, with mulch or a ground cover to shade their feet; provide a support and let them climb.

Medium Band.

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Clematis alpina ‘Constance’  full sun  partial shade

Englishwoman Kathleen Goodman selected this hardy AGM winner as a welcome, easily cultivated improvement over its parent Clematis alpina ‘Ruby’. Abundant nodding blooms garnish thin twining stems and attractive deciduous leaflets, which shape a reliable small-statured habit. With charm to spare, the deep rosy pink bell-shaped flowers showcase a prominent outer layer of long central, petal-like sterile white stamens, followed by playful swirls of eye-catching fuzzy seed heads. Ideal for tight spaces plus intimate garden settings, a north-facing wall or patio container, ‘Constance’ delivers moderate growth and a floriferous early spring gala in well-draining sunny or brightly shaded sites.

Blooms April-May

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis alpina ‘Jacqueline du Pré’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis alpina Jacqueline du Pré

Honored with the same name as the musical luminary Jacqueline du Pré, this Clematis harmoniously orchestrates bright green deciduous leaves arranged in threes, maroon-tinged stems and large, freely borne rosy mauve flowers. Suspended from long stalks, pointed dusky mulberry-hued buds reveal light-centered, semipendent blooms composed of four separate, out curving tepals with pale-blushed margins and darker orchid shades on the exterior.

A shimmering overture announcing spring’s arrival, the dainty floral display garnishes a vigorous, cold hardy vine, acquiescing to both cool, shady northern spots and sunny, more exposed locations.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 3.


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Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’  full sun  partial shade

Lolling upon vigorous yet slightly tender polished foliage, vanilla-scented, eye-catching clusters of white saucer-shaped 2 to 2 ó in. flowers are defined by yellow stamens and 4 to 6 well-spaced broad tepals with pink painted flipsides. Sprightly rose-colored buds and bronze-tinged stems further enhance the long boatshaped dark green leaves, which sport conspicuous ribbing, pointed tips and rich coppery hues when young. A 2002 Garden Merit Award recipient, this stylish evergreen climber affords an enticing floriferous display each spring and a handsome year-round presence when situated in a sheltered well-drained sunny abode, such as a south-facing garden or house wall.

Blooms March – April.

Size: 15' 0"–25' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 7.

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Clematis ‘Ascotiensis’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

A late flowering jackmanii descendant, this treasured 1874 introduction was raised by John Standish and named for Ascot, the English town where it originated. Shapely clear medium blue blooms include greenish chocolate-colored anthers plus 4 to 6 tepals that initially unfold with a stunning deeper blue-mauve metallic luster. Affording late season color, the large bountiful flowers populate most of the stem and stage a lovely presentation in a patio pot. Hearty, deciduous and reliable, ‘Ascotiensis’ can complement red or yellow roses, scale small trees and shrubs or grace a trellis.

Blooms July–September

Size: 8' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis chiisanensis ‘Lemon Bells’  full sun  partial shade

Hats off to the University of British Columbia for selecting this long blooming citrus-hued gem from a group of South Korean seedlings. Lustrous winecolored stems and sturdy trifoliate deciduous foliage host masses of pastel yellow bells described by thick prominently ridged tepals, burgundy-flushed bases and slender pointed tips that turn outward. Arising mostly from the previous season's wood, its nodding fairy-like flowers welcome in summer, while ethereal silver-laced fluffy seed heads extend the enchantment.

Blooms May–June

Size: 6-1/2'–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.

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Clematis chrysocoma var. sericea  full sun  partial shade

Also known as Clematis spooneri.

An avalanche of white blossoms smothers the deep green rounded foliage, like a heavy spring snowfall in the mountains. Amid 3-lobed deciduous leaflets that are downy on both sides and purple-tinged when young, broad, widely spaced tepals embellish each illuminated flower. This splendid climber bears some semblance to Clematis montana, though its vigorous form is more refined and somewhat less rambunctious, rendering it more suited to a terrace or smaller garden.

Blooms April – early June.

Size: 15' 0"–20' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.

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Clematis ‘Danielle’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  Danielle

(Vancouver ™)

So smitten with his new introduction, Fred Wein Sr. of Clearview Horticultural Nursery, a leading North American Clematis grower, named it after his darling granddaughter. Overlapping vibrant purple-blue tepals with carmine-tinged central bars and rich red-tipped stamens distinguish ‘Danielle’s large shapely blooms.

Superb as a cut flower and as a container focal point, due to its compact stature, this celebrated Clematis’ richly hued blossoms will festoon your garden in late spring and again in early autumn.

Blooms June & September.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Doctor Ruppel’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  Doctor Ruppel Clematis  Doctor Ruppel

The dexterous hands of an Argentine doctor raised this fabulous free flowering Clematis. Boasting wavy edges and a sensuous satiny luster, each large single blossom is composed of 6 to 8 overlapping rose pink tepals, which encompass candent yellow-brown anthers. Dark fuchsia-colored central brush strokes and tapered points define the tepals. A medium-sized, moderately vigorous stature renders it well-suited for container culture or a garden arch.

Coveted by floral arrangers and hummingbirds alike, ‘Doctor Ruppel’ charms gardeners with repeat bloom periods, curly tailed spherical seed heads and a mettle tough enough to endure strong sunlight.

Blooms May – June & September.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Clematis durandii  full sun  partial shade
Clematis durandii

Let ‘Durandii’ twine its way through the branches of your favorite shrub. This semi-herbaceous Clematis is coveted by floral arrangers and gardeners alike for its choice 3-½ to 4 in. flowers and sturdy, nonclinging stems. With centers of creamy white stamens and deeply ribbed tepals, these richly colored indigo-blue flowers will bring an exquisite splash of color to your garden or an arrangement.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3-1/2'–5' 10" high & spreading; hardy to zone 5.


Clematis durandii (T-0109)
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Clematis ‘Elsa Späth’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Bred by Berlin-born Ludwig Späth in 1891, ‘Elsa Späth’ enjoys a longstanding popularity thanks to her 6 to 8 in. wide blooms, which reliably festoon both new and old growth for months on end. Conjuring a marvelous deep coloration and looking delectable in cut arrangements, 6 to 8 broad, overlapping rich blue-violet tepals with short points plus dark red anthers define the opulent rounded blossoms. This easy-care highly favored AGM recipient makes a superb compact container specimen or strong growing deciduous companion for shrubs and climbing roses.

Blooms June & September

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Fragrant Star (Vancouver™)’  full sun  partial shade

This compact easily managed vine headlines urbane perfectly fashioned star-style white flowers, boasting a 6 to 8 in. diameter, vivid maroon-tipped stamens, a delightful vanilla scent plus a repeat autumn bloom. Recently introduced by Canadian horticulturist Rob Wein, ‘Fragrant Star’ is the celebrated prodigy of a ‘Capitaine Thuilleaux’ and ‘Blue Ravine’ cross. Tinged green when grown in the shade and exceptional when paired with roses, the huge snowy colored flowers enhance a smaller statured deciduous foundation that’s ideal for containers, a trellis or a somewhat openly branched shrub such as a Viburnum.

Blooms May, June & September

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Fujimusume’  full sun  partial shade

‘Girl under Wisteria Bloom’ is a marvelous compact Japanese cultivar, whose namesake aptly alludes to its sizable, long blooming wisteria blue-violet flowers. Large plump buds blanketed with short white hairs unfurl flattish and satiny smooth 6 to 7 in. blooms defined by tapered, slightly overlapping tepals, prominent saffron yellow stamens and later, ornamental golden fluffy seed heads. Introduced in 1952 and awarded a RHS Garden Merit Award, this strong growing deciduous gem can be enthroned on a small obelisk, a threshold or in a patio pot, where the delightful blossoms will cool down the hottest summer afternoon.

Blooms May–June & mid-August–September.

Size: 6' 0"–9' 0" high & spreading. Zone 4/5.

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Clematis ‘General Sikorski’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  General Sikorski Clematis  General Sikorski

Gold soaked frilly centers heighten the lavish and lengthy showing of large, well rounded mauve-blue flowers, which span some 6 in. across. Gracing lance-shaped deciduous leaflets, long narrow tapered buds herald the marvelous blooms, each described by 6 or 8 broadly overlapping tepals with subtly notched margins and red-tinged bases.

An award winning, compact Polish cultivar whose blossoms and fluffy seed clusters make first-class additions to cut arrangements, the robust ‘General Sikorski’ can be trained up an obelisk or pergola alongside climbing roses, or sited in a container as a colorful summertime specimen.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Clematis ‘Gipsy Queen’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

A classy 1877 introduction by the former British nursery Cripps & Sons, ‘Gipsy Queen’ puts on a regal air with plush dark purple flowers borne on strong stems. The gorgeous abundant blooms are composed of burgundy-colored anthers plus 4 to 6 broad blunt-tipped tepals, which are narrow at the base, lending an open aspect amongst deciduous pinnate leaves. This peppy medium-sized AGM winner reigns supreme, either positioned near silver or gold-leafed shrubs or scrambling upon an arbor or column.

Blooms mid-June–September

Size: 10' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘H. F. Young’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  H. F. Young

Legions of big, beautiful, blue single flowers highlighted by contrasting cream-colored stamens dress this hardy, RHS award winning Clematis. Between 6 to 8 round-edged tepals extend over one another, emphasizing pointed tips and mauvish blue flipsides, each with a subtle greenish white central zone.

Not as rambunctious as many cultivars, ‘H. F. Young’ sprouts paired, widely spaced deciduous leaves that can drape a pergola, large trellis or an obelisk in a mixed border.

Blooms May – June & September.

Size: 7' 0"–9' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis heracleifolia var. davidiana  full sun  partial shade

Prized for its sweetly scented, Hyacinth-like flowers, this pretty semiherbaceous perennial was collected by Pére David near Beijing in 1863. Luminous tight-knit clusters of powdery blue-lavender flowers with curled-back petals are borne at both the leaf axils and stem tips. Medium green and good-sized, the serrated foliage and strong stems form an arresting textural mass that emits a pleasant woodsy aroma when autumn arrives.

Spreading by underground rhizomes, Clematis var. davidiana is certain to spark attention as it rambles around Deutzia setchuenensis var. corymbiflora in a mixed grouping.

Blooms late July–September.

Size: 3' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 5.

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Clematis ‘Huldine’  full sun  partial shade

Bred nearly 100 years ago in France, ‘Huldine’ faithfully delivers copious pearly white, cup-shaped blooms all summer long. Amid plump pointed buds, dark stems and handsome, strong growing deciduous greenery, the perfect-for-cutting, 3 to 4 in. luminous flowers are held upright while uniting 6 translucent nonoverlapping tepals around a cluster of greenish yellow anthers.

This sophisticated hardy Clematis features recurving tips and slightly incurved, mauve-blushed margins. It is best grown over a large trellis, arch or pergola—anywhere the lovely undersides, which glow with 3 pinkish mauve central bars per tepal, are easily relished.

Blooms July – October.

Size: 10' 0"–15' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Kilian Donahue’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  Kilian Donahue

Embroidered by decorative clusters of burgundy-tipped white anthers, giant 5 in. wide blossoms are a florist’s dream and a gardener’s boon. Prolific bicolored blooms manifest ever-changing hues as they mature and fool you into thinking two different Clematis are intertwined. Newly unfurling pink tepals showcase bold stripes in plush ruby red shades that develop orchid-tinted borders plus brilliant fuchsia hues. Eventually they mellow to a pronounced pink, while the background adopts a warm lavender cast. Headlining a unique summer-long floral display, handsome deciduous leafage and a relatively small stature, this phenomenal Clematis is tailor-made for a container or an exalted patio position.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Lord Neville’  full sun  partial shade

Once you invite this voluptuous show-stopper into your garden, it’s easy to see why ‘Lord Neville’ has remained popular for over 100 years. Adorned with dramatic white filaments and red anthers, the textural deep blue blossoms span 6 to 8 in. across, featuring 6 or 8 large heavily veined, ruffle-edged tepals that overlap at their bases and taper to fine sophisticated points. Followed by small open spherical seed heads amid attractive green deciduous foliage, lavish long-blooming flowers make fantastic additions to arrangements. This moderately vigorous Clematis looks best against a light backdrop, where he can ascend trellises, obelisks and pergolas or be grown next to wall-trained shrubs.

Blooms May, June & September

Size: 8' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis macropetala ‘Blue Bird’  full sun  partial shade

We especially like this vigorous deciduous cultivar for its smoky silver seed heads. But nodding violet-blue flowers with inner petals of cream also combine with young red stems and coarsely toothed medium green leaves to make this species a colorful favorite.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 15' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis montana ‘Broughton Star’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis montana Broughton Star

Claiming the British Clematis Society’s 1998 Certificate of Merit award, this renowned “star” was named after a local parish by the English couple who bred it. Each 2-½ in. semidouble flower is the color of crushed strawberries and features a distinctive inner ring of tepals, luxuriously staged against bronzy green deciduous foliage. For a far-reaching display of enticing blooms aplenty, let ‘Broughton Star’s vigorous stems weave their way amid the Dove Tree’s heart-shaped leaves.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 15' 0"–20' 0" high & spreading. Zone 5/6.

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Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’  full sun  partial shade

This deliciously vanilla-scented cultivar boasts masses of tenderly pink, 2-¼ in. blooms, each with a satiny sheen, rounded tepals and a spiky yellow center. Young deciduous stems are tinged burgundy, and new purple-tinted trifoliate leaves age to a handsome green bronze as the flowers melt away.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 25' 0"–30' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.

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Clematis ‘Morning Mist’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  Morning Mist

(Vancouver™)

Ample, soft pink and ruffled edged, the 7 to 9 in. flowers of this new Clearview Nursery introduction achieve a decidedly feminine visage. Central hubs defined by white filaments with yellow anthers, slightly darker pink midribs and hot pink edges augment an elegant presentation that spans 3 seasons.

Originating from a cross between ‘Souvenir du Capitaine Thuilleaux’ and ‘Kathleen Wheeler’, ‘Morning Mist’ fashions attractive green deciduous foliage, grows vigorously into a well-branched, small-sized vine, and looks stylish in a glossy black vessel.

Blooms May – June & September.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis ‘Mrs. Robert Brydon’  full sun  partial shade

A lovely North American hybrid between Clematis virginiana and Clematis tubulosa raised by Robert Brydon and named for his missus, this herbaceous nonclinging Clematis sprawls from a vigorous free flowering woody base, creating delicate sprays of milky blue Hyacinth-like blooms at leaf axils plus a good patch of divided deciduous foliage. Prominent cream-colored stamens and 4 widely spaced recurving tepals define the faintly fragrant flowers that later develop fluffy silver seed heads. Grateful for moist free draining soil, 'Mrs. Robert Brydon' can enhance cut arrangements, cover an old tree stump or low wall and forge an unifying textural ground cover.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading. Zone 4/5.

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Clematis ‘Niobe’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis  Niobe

For its hardy, manageable habit and its quantities of large, glamorous long blooming flowers upon tapered green leaves, this acclaimed deciduous Clematis earned the coveted RHS award in 1993 and world-wide notoriety. Single, flat-faced and centered with sprightly yellow stamens, each nearly 6 in. wide bloom hosts 6 to 8 rich as velvet, ruby red tepals, which are broad at the base, narrow toward the tip and age to a fine red-wine color. Bred by Poland’s Wladyslaw Noll, ‘Niobe’s compact form can cozy up to climbing roses or be featured as a regal specimen in a mixed bed or a container.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6' 0"–7-3/4' high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Clematis ‘Pamiat Serdtsa’  full sun  partial shade
(Integrifolia group)

With a name that translates “memory of the heart,” this vine’s floral elegance is hard to forget. Long blooming and satin sheened, the rich colored heliotrope purple blooms show off darker, glossier midribs. Caught in a partially open, spirited flounce that surrounds pale yellow anthers, the 3 in. long tepals are sometimes twisted and irregularly edged. ‘Pamiat Serdtsa’s sturdy herbaceous shoots will climb and saunter but not cling, while slightly nodding blooms pose suspended from subtly crooked stems.

Developed at the Ukraine’s Nikita Botanic Garden, she etches an exquisite juxtaposition of color when meandering up through Spiraea ‘Ogon’ in the mixed border.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 3.

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Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’  full sun  partial shade  new plant

Gracing gardens with its classic sky blue presence for over 100 years, freely flowering ‘Perle d’Azur’ presents 4 in. wide, seminodding blooms centered by light green stamens and a tinge of pinkish mauve. The nearly translucent tepals have deeply grooved midribs and recurving edges, imparting a rounded appearance to each exquisite flower. This energetic deciduous Clematis puts on a lofty show as it scrambles through the golden foliage of Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 10' 0"–15' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 3.

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Clematis ‘Rooguchi’  full sun  partial shade
(Integrifolia group)
Clematis  Rooguchi

Dangling from the curved ends of lax stems, dark plum-colored droves of dainty ribbed bells, edged in light lavender, compose a nonstop summer fling. The 3 in. long blooms showcase prominent curled up tepal tips that add fairy tale appeal.

Hybridized by Kazuhige Ozawa, this endearing Clematis grows as an herbaceous perennial, its nonclinging stems scramble about to grace a container, form a ground cover or thread their way through an open shrub.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 3.


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Clematis tangutica ‘Golden Harvest’  full sun  partial shade
Golden Bells Clematis

A new variety from Holland, this robust deciduous climber is adorned with exceptional seed heads, which look like loose silky balls of shiny silver thread. The four-tepaled, nodding golden yellow flowers will cascade over stone walls or be carried on mischievous stems to adjacent shrubs. It is especially enchanting entwined among Melianthus major.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 15' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 5.

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Clematis terniflora  full sun  partial shade
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Clematis terniflora

This spectacular New Zealand native is covered with small white flowers borne on long, arching panicles. The pink anthers, silky seed heads, and dark glossy leaves combine with the Hawthorn-like fragrance of the flowers to create a sensuous, alluring effect. We trained our Sweet Autumn Clematis to grow horizontally against a wall, so that the evergreen foliage contrasts with the hanging flower panicles.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 25' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.

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Clematis ‘The President’  full sun  partial shade

Raised by a Mr. Charles Noble in 1876, this RHS award winner is a widely popular early flowering Clematis. The large plush purple-blue blossoms are somewhat cupped and well-endowed with 6 to 8 wavy margined overlapping tepals. Lounging amongst dark green deciduous foliage that is bronze-toned when young, the 7 in. wide repeat blooming flowers offer additional enticements: pointed tips, silvery undersides, pronounced dark red anthers and open spiky seed heads. Whether scaling a column or pergola, or clambering upon silver or golden foliaged plants for heightened contrast, ‘The President’s color-rich compact habit earns our vote.

Blooms mid-May–September.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’  full sun  partial shade

Believed to be a natural deciduous hybrid between Clematis flammula and Clematis viticella, the ruby-margined flush of this floriferous 1860s cross is made more delectable by its rich, marzipanlike fragrance. Arranged in terminal panicles, starry white, four-tepaled, 1-½ in. blooms are drawn together by creamy anthers. Assuring billows of bloom, vigorous ‘Rubromarginata’ imparts a celestial charm amid the golden foliage of Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ or a dark green Yew.

Blooms July–early October.

Size: 10' 0"–13' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 5.

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Clematis ‘Victoria’  full sun  partial shade

A resplendent English cultivar raised by Cripps & Sons in 1867, this popular vintage Clematis has a lot to offer: well-formed richly hued 5 ½ in. blooms, excellent cold hardiness and vigor aplenty. The deep rosy mauve flowers are composed of 4 to 6 broad overlapping tepals with pointed tips, slightly notched margins plus deeply grooved pinkish purple midribs that eventually lighten to mauve. Sporting bright greenish yellow anthers, �Victoria�s plush bountiful blooms need a light background for best effect, while its handsome visage lends itself to scaling pergolas and arbors, rambling through shrubs or accompanying roses and other Clematis.

Blooms July–September

Size: 9' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis viticella Alba Luxurians

The unusual open blossoms of this vigorous Clematis bob like pale butterflies drifting on the breath of a lazy wind. Luminous against the slightly glaucous foliage, the recurved tips of each 3 in. white flower are brushed with green, while its prominent eye of dark purple anthers is tipped with black. Plant with roses and let them intertwine up and over a pergola, or contrast it with the purple foliage of Sambucus ‘Black Beauty’.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis viticella ‘Emilia Plater’  full sun  partial shade

Bred by an 85 year old Polish monk in 1967 and named after a young Polish freedom fighter from the early 1800s, this vigorous cultivar exhibits grace and unwavering tenacity. Her splendid summertime flowers, painted in stunning bluish lavender hues, are considered large for a viticella, measuring 4 to 6 inches across given favorable growing conditions.

Widely spaced tepals surround creamy green anthers and are distinguished by undulating edges, recurving tips, shaded central bars and darker veins. Acquiescent to most garden soils, even drier ones, 'Emilia Plater' can ramble up a pole in the midst of the border backed by Buddleja knappii's silver and green leaves.

Blooms July-September

Size: 10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis viticella ‘Kermesina’  full sun  partial shade

Plush crimson hues imbue the blooms of this robust and free flowering deciduous cultivar raised in the 1880s by the well-known French nursery, Lemoine. Green-tipped upon opening, four rubescent tepals exhibit illuminated white bases and margins that curl under, while their vivid dance encompasses a central hub of black anthers. The luxurious, downward glancing blossoms create an alluring vignette against a pearly colored backdrop.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 10' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

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Clematis viticella ‘Polish Spirit’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis viticella Polish Spirit

An outstanding cultivar introduced by a Polish priest, this sumptuously colored Clematis has long, slender buds and a satiny, wavy-edged bloom of saturated purple. Each tepal is marked with a subtle deep fuchsia central stripe and accented by wine-colored anthers and chartreuse styles. Dense, deciduous foliage holds its vibrant good looks all the way to the ground. Lovely from below, let it scramble up and over an archway.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 10' 0"–13' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.

Clematis viticella ‘Polish Spirit’ (T-0136)
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Clematis viticella ‘Royal Velours’  full sun  partial shade

Distinguished by a velvety texture and satin-like sheen, ‘Royal Velours’s intense deep wine-purple flowers are considered the ‘darkest of the dark’. Legions of opulent semi-nodding flowers feature 4 to 6 overlapping tepals embellished with deeply grooved lighter midribs and greenish black anthers. A stunning 1914 French selection, this hardy deciduous AGM winner can be superimposed against golden foliage or a silvery backdrop like Teucrium fruticans (Select Form), guaranteeing a magnificent summer time spectacle.

Blooms June–September

Size: 9' 0"–12' 0" high & spreading. Zone 3/4.

Clematis viticella ‘Royal Velours’ (T-0223)
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Clematis viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’  full sun  partial shade
Clematis viticella Venosa Violacea

Introduced by the famed French nursery, Lemoine in 1884 this magnificent two-toned AGM winner, though listed as a viticella, begets the largest most distinctive flowers of the species. Overlapping slightly at each base, 6 boat-shaped tepals encompass black-tipped stamens and sport white central swathes with feathery pinkish purple veins that intensify to forge a solid violet border plus a vivid star-like pattern. Long lasting as a cut flower, the gorgeous 4 to 6 in. wide blooms blanket attractive fresh green foliage for most of the summer. Robust, yet moderately sized, ‘Venosa Violacea’ can grow alongside climbing roses or over golden heathers, up lampposts and trellises, through large shrubs or against silver-laced foliage.

Blooms June-September

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


Clematis viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’ (T-0106)
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