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(Heracleifolia Group)

Clematis ‘Praecox’

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</i> ‘Praecox’

This remarkable Clematis vitalba and Clematis jouiniana progeny spawns a robust, weed-suppressing carpet of thick, sprawling, nonvining stems and large, serrated dark trifoliate greenery. Earning an Award of Garden Merit plus high ratings from the Chicago Botanical Garden’s Clematis trials, its hardy herbaceous bearing is garnished with marvelous, Hyacinth-like white crowns of mostly 4-tepaled pale mauve flowers that don ridged margins, rose-stained recurving tips and fringe-like centers. Touted as the best ground cover-style Clematis, easy-care ‘Praecox’ is an appealing deciduous candidate for hiding unsightly features, sauntering over rocks, skirting beneath a tree or blanketing a bed.

Blooms July–mid-October

Size: 2' 0" – 6' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Fresh Fern Fronds, Early-blooming Clematis, Marvelous March Foliage!

Fresh Fern Fronds...

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Early-blooming Clematis herald spring with charm to spare. The armandii, alpina and montana Clematis species are generally the first to flower, with some even wafting sublime scents. Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ and Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’ sprout larger statures than the more petite Clematis alpina ‘Constance’ or ‘Jan Lindmark’, while all showcase beguiling blooms. These delightful vines can twine up arbors, trellises, walls or trees, offering vertical accents to the fresh flourish of head-turning foliage that blankets the beds beneath. The new growth featured in this newsletter was photographed this week in our garden and nursery.

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