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 often are 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.