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A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis alpina

Planting Roses, Rose Gardening, Designing with Roses, English Roses


Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses has the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms stand out against the foliage of the roses.

One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, award-winning Clematis alpina 'Pamela Jackman' features masses of nodding, deep blue flowers adorned with white stamens. Dangling in the wind, the flowers open from narrow, pointed buds. As their sepals unfurl, they gradually rise from bell to flat or gracefully reflexed, revealing the white inner skirt. It is a charming progression from bud to flower.

Adding sparkle to the garden from mid to late spring, and occasionally in late summer, this small-flowered clematis looks ravishing when combined with early flowering climbing roses, such as Rose 'Mrs F. W. Flight', a vigorous, almost thornless climber with large clusters of semi-double, deep pink flowers with white centers.

Since 'Mrs F. W. Flight' blooms once in late spring or early summer, combining these two plants together has the benefit of extending their season of interest.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises , Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 – 9
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises , Walls and Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Traditional Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Clematis Great Plant Combination Ideas with Rosa - Roses


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