Plant Family / Clematis
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, they include more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids. They create year after year a ravishing colorful show in the garden, whether solely trained on walls, arbors or trellises, or grown in association with other climbers. They are divided into 3 groups which determine how they should be pruned. Regular pruning of Clematis is important as it promotes strong growth and flowering as well as a harmonious plant. If left unpruned, Clematis can turn into a mass of tangled stems with a bare base and flowers well above eye level.
Captivating, Clematis 'Abilene' is a compact, deciduous climber which gets covered with a profusion of star-shaped, bright pink flowers, up to 5 in. (12 cm), with a deeper pink central stripe. The elegantly ruffled sepals surround a contrasting tuft of frilly butter yellow stamens.
A great choice for the garden, Clematis 'Abundance' is a large, deciduous climber which produces masses of small, semi-nodding, light red to cherry pink flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), with a creamy boss of pale white to yellow stamens. Each flower bears 4 to 6 sepals, elegantly recurved at their edges and tips.
Very free-flowering, Clematis 'Alaina' produces masses of plump, pink flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), with pointed to rounded petals. Opening rich rose, the six broad sepals gradually fade to bubblegum pink, but remain adorned by darker midribs. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring or early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Ideal for small spaces, award-winning Clematis 'Anna Louise' produces masses of dramatic, blue-purple open stars, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with cerise central bars and cream stamens with cerise anthers. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Clematis 'Aotearoa' is a very dependable bloomer which produces an abundance of richly colored, open star flowers, 3-5 in. across (8-12 cm), from mid to late summer. The attractive blooms are blessed with 6, rich violet-purple sepals, slightly overlapping, wavy-edged, and elegantly recurved at their tips.
One of the most popular evergreen clematis, award-winning Clematis 'Apple Blossom' is a very large climber with masses of delightful, almond-scented flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), and a splendid foliage. Opening from nearly red buds, the single flowers gradually fade from pale pink to white as they mature.
The most popular of all the non-vining clematis, award-winning Clematis 'Arabella' is a semi-herbaceous compact perennial with small, open-faced, deep blue-mauve flowers, 3.5 in. across (9 cm). The buttercup blossoms bear 6 strongly ribbed sepals, gradually curling along the edges and a prominent central tuft of stamens with yellow anthers.
Elegant, Clematis 'Asagasumi' is a moderately vigorous large-flowered clematis variety with luminous, pearly white flowers, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), adorned with a pale pink bar at the center of their sepals and prominent yellow anthers. The flowers are followed by large, showy silver seedheads, which add further interest to the plant.
One of the earliest large-flowered clematis to bloom, award-winning Clematis 'Asao' produces masses of bold, bright pink flowers, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with white central bars and yellow stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Never failing to impress, Clematis 'Barbara Harrington' is a vigorous large-flowered clematis variety which gets covered with a profusion of large, 5 in. (12 cm), glowing purple-red flowers, with elegantly recurving sepals, and contrasting golden stamens. Flowering occurs from early-mid summer to early fall.
A compact and very showy large-flowered variety, Clematis 'Bees' Jubilee' produces masses of plump, creamy pink flowers, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), with a cerise central bar and prominent, creamy yellow stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring and early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Clematis 'Belle of Woking' is a deciduous vine which produces a profusion of large, star-shaped, fully double, silvery-mauve flowers, up to 6 in. (15 cm). The ravishing blossoms carry many layers of broad and pointed tepals that gradually fade to a luminescent silvery blue. A gardener's favorite since its introduction in 1875, Clematis 'Belle of Woking' always attracts compliments.
Regarded as the best Tangutica cultivar, award-winning Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie' is a large, vigorous deciduous climber with masses of small, nodding, lantern-shaped flowers, 2-3 in. across (6-7 cm). Each bloom boasts four slightly glossy, bright yellow tepals which gradually open out wide, revealing a contrasting boss of dark stamens.
Spectacular in bloom, Clematis 'Blue Angel' or 'Błękitny Anioł' produces a profusion of angelic, lavender-blue flowers, 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), adorned with lighter central bars and creamy-yellow stamens. Opening from slender buds, the charming, silky blooms are delicately ruffled on the edges, adding elegance and grace to the display.
One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, Clematis 'Blue Dancer' is a deciduous climber with masses of small, bell-shaped, sapphire blue flowers, adorned with creamy-white centers. The sepals are extraordinarily long, 2 in. in length (5 cm), making the blooms nod gracefully in the wind.
A compact, early, large-flowered clematis to bloom, Clematis 'Bourbon' produces masses of large, bright raspberry red flowers, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), adorned with paler pink bars and yellow stamens. Flowering occurs from late spring or early summer to fall. Branches are clad with attractive dark green leaves.
Clematis 'Carnaby' is a compact, deciduous climber which produces a profusion of striking, raspberry-pink flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with 6 to 8 slightly recurved tepals, each carrying an intense pink central stripe. Their crimped margins may fade to pale pink or white, adding to the charm of this clematis.
Pleasantly fragrant, Clematis 'Cezanne' is a compact, deciduous, climbing perennial, which gets covered with a profusion of large, star-shaped, sky-blue flowers, up to 5-6 in. (12-15 cm), with broad and overlapping petals surrounding a small boss of creamy-white stamens.
Extremely free-flowering, Clematis 'Cherokee' is a compact, deciduous climber which gets covered with a profusion of star-shaped, bright pink flowers, up to 3-4 in. (7-10 cm), with a deeper pink central stripe. The elegantly ruffled sepals surround a contrasting tuft of chocolate stamens.
Among the most popular and easy to grow, Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' is a lovely deciduous vine which produces masses of large, shell pink flowers with a touch of lavender, contrasting with the creamy-yellow stamens
Free-flowering, Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' produces masses of stunning violet-blue, semi-double flowers, 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), adorned with a fountain-like center packed with silvery-mauve petaloid stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer to early fall. When the outer sepals fall away, the flowers still add interest with their tuft of silvery-mauve petaloids left.
Incredibly glamorous, Clematis 'Diamantina' is a deciduous climber which produces a profusion of stunning purple-blue, double flowers, 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with rosy-pink highlights. The blooms gracefully unfurl from a tight central ball to create an elegant, multi-layered pom-pom.
Perfect for the patio, Clematis 'Diana's Delight' is a compact, deciduous climber which produces masses of large, rich lavender-blue flowers, 6-7 in. (15-18 cm), adorned with a crown of creamy yellow stamens. Blooming in late spring to early summer and again in late summer to early fall, you can count on two flower shows a year.
A durable and long-live large-flowered variety, Clematis 'Doctor Ruppel' produces masses of particularly beautiful, delicately ruffled, pale pink flowers, up to 5-8 in. across (13-20 cm), with a wide, deep reddish-pink central bar and prominent, light chocolate anthers. Delicately ruffled, the petals take on lavender highlights as the flowers mature.