The Year of the Clematis

C.-montanaEach gardening season I seem to find myself suddenly fixated on a plant type, and before I know it I have started to accumulate several of them. Last year it was alliums – I am not finished with them yet. This year is the year of the clematis.

In winter I looked at the yards of bare trellis panels on the fences surrounding my garden, and thought that evergreen clematis would provide some interest. The lovely folk at Thompson & Morgan supplied me with their winter flowering collection of Clematis napaulensis, C. cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ & C. urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’, all of which keep their leaves, flower when little else does and the latter will have a delicate scent too.

brdbxclemOne of my favourite nurseries has had a sale on their clematis plants since last year. They are old stock, but I enjoy rescuing plants and giving them a good home, so I have bought 4 good specimens from them for just £10.

Then yesterday, even as I was writing this, postie arrived with three more. This time courtesy of QVC , who supply clematis, grown by the renowned grower Raymond Evison, owner of the Guernsey Clematis nursery. They are wonderful, healthy plants. Soon I will have them all over the garden – climbing up fences, through trees, in pots, and all flowering at different times of the year.

Why have I not sorted out this essential element to the cottage garden before? It is because I have not stayed in one place for long enough until now. I suppose I am showing commitment to my garden, by filling it with plants that I will treasure in the years to come.purpseat&clem



3 responses to “The Year of the Clematis

  1. I love clematis armandii. It’s evergreen, flowers quite early and then a second flowering in September, and it grows quickly but needs a lot of height to look really good and it smells nice too. I’ve left a lovely one in my old garden which romped up the wall of our 4 storey terraced house. I’ve no similar wall in my new garden but do you think I could grow it up a very large tree?


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