Plant Types / Climbers
Often grown over arbors, arches or pergolas, vines or climbers create terrific focal points with their decorative flowers, foliage or berries. Adding height to the landscape, they bring interest to dull walls or fences and contribute to magnificent backdrops for your beds and borders. Highly versatile, climbers may be used to provide shade to a sunny patio, soften the lines of the landscape or hide any undesirable garden feature. Climbers may be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. In doing so, make sure that you synchronize their flowering times and match their pruning requirements.
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.
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.
Adding a touch of elegance to the garden, Clematis 'Duchess of Edinburgh' is a deciduous climber with luminous, fully double, pure white flowers, 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), composed of several layers of narrow white tepals which tend to recurve at their tips. The gorgeous rosettes are occasionally tinged with green.
Sweetly scented, Clematis 'Elizabeth' is a very large deciduous climber with charming, single, pale pink flowers adorned with a satin sheen, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), from late spring to early summer. The blossoms are so profuse that they generally cover the foliage of ternate, mid-green leaves, emerging bronze.
Robust and durable, Clematis 'Emilia Plater' is a vigorous deciduous vine with masses of pale lavender-blue, semi-nodding flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with a darker central bar on each of their sepals. Broad and rounded, the sepals are attractively wavy along their edges and catch the light in the sun.
A lovely double clematis, 'Empress' produces particularly attractive blooms, 5 in. wide (12 cm), resembling dahlias. The flamboyant flowers count up to 8 broad, slightly recurved, pink outer sepals, adorned with a darker pink center stripe. They surround a pompom of small inner ones and spiky dark red stamens.
A memorable sight when in blooms, Clematis 'Ernest Markham' is a deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of large, vivid magenta flowers with blunt-tipped velvety petals and chocolate anthers