As climbers, Clematis are unsurpassed in their long flowering presence, their rich diversity of flower shapes, their wide array of colors and tolerances in terms of exposure and climate. It is no wonder they are so popular! From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year!
Members of the Ranunculaceae family, Clematis include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. The spectacular diversity of flower colors, sizes and forms will astound you. Ranging from glorious shades of red, purple and blue to yellow and white, the flowers can be less than 1 in. wide (2.5 cm) to over 6 in. across (15 cm). Single or double, the blooms can be urn-shaped, bell-shaped, star-shaped or tubular-shaped. As an added bonus, some are delightfully fragrant.
Many Clematis make terrific container plants and can be grown on large balconies. These Clematis are well suited to small gardens too. Here is a list of Clematis varieties that will reward you with their elegant blooms from early spring to late summer.