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Clematis viticella ‘Venosa Violacea’

Clematis

Simple and beautiful, Clematis includes over 300 named cultivars and even more wild species than the rose. Our selections offer stylish 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. Each vine is 18 inches to 2 feet tall. Medium Band.

<i>Clematis viticella</i> ‘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 x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our Featured Plant: Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’

Captivating Crocosmias, Plants that Dodge to Dog Days of Summer, 2020 T-shirst have arrived!

Captivating Crocosmias!

Crocosmias boast a bounty of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Displayed on the ends of gracefully arching spikes above winsome sword-like leaves, the clustered tubular flowers range from yellow, peach and orange to fire-engine red. The prismatic tones meld well with white-flowering Hydrangeas and perennials such as Selinium wallichianum, Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea', Alcea 'Polarstar' or Aster 'Bridal Veil'. The yellow and melon shades sparkle amid the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue', Perovskia 'Blue Steel' and  Aster 'Little Carlow'. For sizzling fun you could create a hot border, intermingling them with Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset', Helenium 'Potter's Wheel' or Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'. Be sure to add some to your next cut arrangement!

Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

Dodge the Dog Days of summer….

with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging and good health.

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