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A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis x durandii

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

Planting Roses, Rose Gardening, Designing with Roses, Rambling Roses, Climbing Roses, Pink roses, Purple Clematis, Rose Dorothy Perkins, Clematis x durandii, Combining roses and clematis

Regarded as one of the top favorite clematis by most gardeners, Clematis × durandii is a long-flowering herbaceous clematis with masses of showy, indigo flowers. In this garden scene, it is beautifully combined with the attractive cascades of flowers of Rose ‘Dorothy Perkins’, a very vigorous rambler rose with large clusters of slightly fragrant, double, salmon-pink blooms.

While ‘Dorothy Perkins’ blooms once in late spring or early summer, with scattered flowers during the rest of the year, Clematis x durandii is an excellent vine for long-lasting, often spectacular, summer-to-fall bloom. Combining these two plants together has the benefit of extending their season of interest.

Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They happily share the same arch or trellis, both reaching for the sun. They have the same natural needs, require the same growing conditions, and benefit from the same fertilizers. They are often of similar sizes with the result that neither swamps the other. They also complement one another. When combined, they often look many times more beautiful than on a standalone basis.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs 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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Alternative Plants to Consider

Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ (Bourbon Rose)
Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’ (Late Large-Flowered Clematis)
Rosa ‘Felicia’ (Hybrid Musk Rose)
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, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs 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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Rosa (Rambling Roses) Rosa (Rose) Clematis
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