It seems no garden is complete without some of those big-flowered clematis hybrids. Our garden features two, both growing on trellises in the side garden. 'Ramona's satiny royal-blue flowers come in an electrifying mass in May. 'Jackmanii', with deep purple flowers, is supposed to be later-blooming, but it too shows off its first flowers in May. For a couple of years, it was lacking a trellis, and just sprawled through the garden - but this spring, we gave it a new upright home.
|vine, to 10 ft or more
|ordinary garden soil, not too acidic, likes cool root space
Different not only in flower, the two hybrids also sport rather distinct seedheads. Jackmanii, above, reminds me of an electric Einstein, while Ramona, at right, has more of a Kurt Cobain aesthetic. I like 'm both.
|Unnamed variety purchased for our Houston-area garden
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border
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|Feb 15, 2009
|Do you have any advice on starting Clematis from seed?
My success with large-flowered clematis has been very limited, I'm afraid...
|Jan 22, 2011
|Will Hybrid Clematis grow well if planted in a whiskey barrel? Live in east central Wisconsin. Will the clematis do will over winter in the barrel?
The conventional wisdom (which doesn't necessarily make it truth) is that clematis likes cool feet. That means that you probably want to make sure that the barrel, which will heat up quicker than the soil in the garden, is in a shaded location - with the vine growing into a sunnier spot. As for hardiness - many clematis are quite hardy; look for one that's rated one zone hardier than your zone, if you plan on keeping it in the container outside through winter.
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