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  Clematis add a touch of sophistication and colour to any garden and dependant on variety can be grown vertically climbing walls, fences, pergolas, arches, trees, through shrubs or even tumbling over a wall, or horizontally as ground cover. Some clematis can be successfully grown in containers enabling you to liven up patios and other non-cultivated areas of the garden, whilst others are even suitable as cut flowers. The ultimate height that a clematis will grow to depends on the position that is planted in, soil conditions and its aspect, however, all can be contained with regular pruning. Most clematis will tolerate sun or shade, although their roots like to be shaded, and some flower heads will fade in colour if in full sun. Some varieties offer interest in the form of fluffy seed heads sometimes lasting all through the winter.

The list of clematis below, that can be found in store at varying times of the year, is designed to help you choose the variety you require dependant on the following:

  •  Colour/Flower size

  •  Height

  •  Flowering period

  •  Aspect i.e. does it need a sunny position

  •  Where it is most suitable for growing i.e. against walls or over shrubs

  •  Suitability as a cut flower              

 HOME Variety Description Flower
size
cm
Flowering
Time
Height Position trees Shrubs Wall
trained
trees
Large
wall
area
Pergolas
Archways
Trellis
Roses Patio
tubs
Conser-
vatories
Suitable
as
Cut Flower
Large Flowered, Early Flowering Cultivars     Pruning Details click  here                  
Bees Jubilee Pink with deeper pink bar - free flowering with attractive
seed heads.
15 May/June Aug/Sept 2.4m Not in full sun   a a   a   a a a
Dr Ruppel Rose pink with deeper pink bar - Free flowering with attractive seed heads 15 May/June
August/Sept
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John Paul II Pale whitish pink flowers, useful as ground cover 12 June-Sept 3m Any Position   a a   a a      
Miss Bateman White- Very compact and free flowering with attractive seed heads 12-15 May/June
Aug/Sept
2m Any Position   a a   a   a a a
Mrs Cholmondley Light blue - Free flowering with attractive seed heads 15-18 May/Sept 2.5-3m Any Position   a a   a a a a a

 

MultiBlue Blue/Purple flowers - Double in spring and semi double in late summer 10-12 May/Sept 2.5m Any Position   a a   a        
Nelly Moser Pale Pink with deep pink bar, very compact and free flowering with attractive seed heads 15 May/June, September 2-3m Not in full sun   a a   a   a a a
Niobe Velvety deep red flowers - very free flowering over a long period
 
15 May - September 2.5-3m Any Position   a a   a a a a a
Piilu
(Little Duckling)
Pink with deeper pink bar Flowers - double in spring single in summer, compact habit 9-11 May/June Aug/Sept 1.5 Likes full sun   a     a   a    
The President Deep purple - Long and free flowering with attractive seed heads 15 May - September 2.5-4m Any Position   a a   a a a a a
Warsawska Nike Reddish purple - Best against a light background 15 May - September 2.5-3m Any Position a a a   a a a    
William Kennet Mid Blue - Pretty flower with overlapping tepals 15-18 May/June, August 3 Any position   a a   a a a a  
Large Flowered, Late flowering Cultivars         Pruning Details click  here                  
Dorothy Walton Deep mauve flowers - free flowering 10cm Late June September 2.5m Any Position   a a   a   a    
Ernest Markham Bright red flowers - one of the oldest clematis cultivars 10-15cm Late June- October 2.5-3m Not North facing   a

 

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Gipsey Queen Deep violet velvety flowers 12cm Late June-September 3m Any position a a a a a a      
Hagley Hybrid Salmon pink flowers - compact and free flowering, can be grown as ground cover 10cm Late June-August 2-3m Any position   a a   a a      
Jackmanii Dark velvet purple flowers - a very popular old variety 10cm July- September 3m Any position   a a a a a      

 

Rouge Cardinal Velvety crimson flowers - Free flowering 10cm July- August 3m Any position   a a a a a      
Star of India Deep purple blue flowers with reddish bar, very free flowering 10cm July-August 3m Any position   a a   a a      
Pink Fantasy Pale pink flowers with darker bar, compact and free flowering 10cm July-August 2.5m Any position   a a   a a      
Ville De Lyon Bright pink flowers with contrasting yellow anthers 10-12cm June-September 2-3m Any position   a a   a a      
Large Flowered, Mid Season Flowering Cultivars             Pruning Details click  here                  
General Sikorski Blue, Stong and free flowering 15cm June-September 2-3m Any position a a a a a       a
Madame Le Coultre White - One of the best white cultivars, can be grown as ground cover 15-20cm June - September 2.5m Any position   a

 

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Westerplatte Deep red velvet flowers, with eight to ten tepels which overlap 10-12cm Late May-September 1.8m Any position   a     a a a    
Montana Types                                               Pruning Details click  here                  
Montana Rubens Pink scented flowers, grows vigorously and is ideal for hiding an unattractive background 4-5cm May-June 8m Any position a   a a a        
Montana Elizabeth Pale pink scented flowers, as above 6cm May-June 8m Any position   a

 

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Montana Alba White scented flowers, as above 5cm May-June 6m Any position a   a a a        
Species Types                                                 Pruning Details click here                  
Jouiniana Praecox Off white bluish clusters of flowers, free flowering with attractive seed heads. One of the best for  ground cover 3cm September - October 2m Any position   a   a          
Duchess of Albany Pink upright tulip-like flowers. Ideal for growing horizontally as ground cover 5cm June-October 3m Any position  

 

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Alpina Types                                                            Pruning Details click  here                  
Alpina Pale blue nodding flowers, very free flowering with attractive seed heads 4cm April-May 2 - 2.5m Any position   a a   a        
Evergreen and Late Flowering Species              Pruning Details click  here                  
Cirrhossa Freckles Bell shaped cream-pink flowers with reddish blotches, Evergreen foliage, also flowers in the summer 5cm October-January 4.5m Sheltered south or west facing   a a       a a  
Viticella Types                                               Pruning Details click  here                   
Etoile Violet Purple flowers with yellow anthers, very free flowering 4cm July-August 2.5-3m South,East or west facing a a a a a a