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.
Clematis 'Fireworks' is a deciduous vine which produces a profusion of large, star-shaped, bright purple flowers, up to 8 in. (20 cm), adorned with a broad, reddish pink central bar. White filaments with purple tips and anthers coordinate perfectly with the petals.
Compact and prolific, Clematis 'Fleuri' features large, rich violet-purple flowers, up to 5 in. (12 cm), adorned with elegant magenta central stripes and ruffled edges. Blooming from late spring through most of the summer, this eye-catching clematis is a great choice for containers, small patios, or left to meander through shrubs. Ideal for small gardens!
Very free-flowering, Clematis 'Fond Memories' produces an abundance of fabulously elegant flowers with pale creamy-white sepals delicately edged with a pencil line of deep rosy-lavender. Adorned with deep red-purple anthers, the huge flowers, up to 7 in. across (18 cm), have a charming satin sheen. The undersides of the unfurling sepals are a very deep rosy-lavender, providing additional complimentary details.
One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, Clematis 'Francis Rivis' is a deciduous climber with masses of small, nodding, bell-shaped, purple-blue flowers adorned with prominent cream staminodes and stamens. Slightly twisted, the 4 tapering sepals, 2 in. long (5 cm), unfurl to gradually rise from bell to flat, revealing the white inner skirt.
One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, Clematis 'Frankie' is a deciduous climber with masses of small, nodding, mid-blue flowers, adorned with white petaloid stamens. When the 4 long and broad sepals, 2 in. (5 cm), unfurl and rise from bell to flat, they reveal a full white inner skirt with delicate blue edges.
One of the brightest pink Clematis montanas, award-winning Clematis 'Freda' is a lovely, small-growing, deciduous climber with abundant, cheerful, single, cherry-pink flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), from late spring to early summer. Surrounding a boss of creamy stamens, the 4 broad petals open deep cherry-pink and then fade slightly in their center, creating a ravishing bicolor effect.
Pleasantly fragrant, Clematis 'Fujimusume' is a compact early large-flowered hybrid, which gets covered with a profusion of impressively large, periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers, up to 8 in. (20 cm), with broad and overlapping petals surrounding a small boss of creamy yellow stamens.
Clematis 'General Sikorski' is a deciduous climber with large, mid-mauve blue flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), with a tinge of red on the center of each sepal and prominent creamy-yellow stamens. The flowers are followed by showy, fluffy silver seedheads, which add further interest to the plant.
Introduced in 1877, Clematis 'Gipsy Queen' is a vigorous deciduous climber which gets covered with a profusion of large, 5-6 in. (12-14 cm), remarkably velvety, violet-purple flowers with dark red stamens. On first opening, the blossoms can be an intense dark red, before rapidly changing to deep violet.
Incredibly beautiful, Clematis 'Giselle' is a compact, deciduous climber which produces masses of large, star-shaped, rosy-pink flowers, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), with dark contrasting stamens. Blooming from late spring until fall, this large-flowered clematis is perfect for containers, small trellises or obelisks.
A magnificent large-flowered variety, Clematis 'Guernsey Cream' produces such an abundance of luminous flowers, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), that they cover the foliage entirely. Opening pale yellow, the rounded, overlapping petals are adorned with pale chartreuse central bars. As the blooms mature, they fade to creamy white and contrast pleasantly with the prominent yellow anthers.
Vigorous and versatile, Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid' is a compact, large-flowered variety which produces masses of large, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), shell pink flowers with a touch of lavender, contrasting with the deep-red anthers. Blooming from early summer to early fall, 'Hagley Hybrid' is a reliable clematis cultivar that is ideal to brighten up a shady corner
Regarded as one of the biggest white clematis, Clematis 'Henryi' is a large, vigorous deciduous climber with huge, luminous, pure white flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with chocolate brown anthers. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then from midsummer to early fall.
A fascinating climber, Clematis 'Honora' is a large-flowered variety which produces a profusion of large, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), velvety, plum-magenta flowers with a prominent burgundy bar through the center of each sepal. Opening from elegantly pointed, slender buds, the dark and dramatic blooms are burgundy at first.
A truly remarkable clematis, Clematis 'Huldine' is a very large deciduous climber with luminous, translucent, pearly-white flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with six gracefully arching sepals which show off their ornamental pinkish-mauve central bars along their undersides. Blooming from mid summer to early fall, this vigorous and extremely floriferous clematis is an excellent choice for trellises and can be trained to climb a wall, fence or arbor. Combines beautifully with other climbers such as climbing roses. Great as a flowering groundcover too!
Free-flowering, Clematis 'Hyde Hall' is a compact deciduous climber with luminous, creamy-white flowers, 5-7 in. across (12-18 cm), adorned with a pale green bar and a central tuft of pinkish brown anthers. The sepal edges are delicately ruffled, enlivening the blossoms.
Among the most popular and easy to grow, Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' is a lovely deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of dark velvety mauve flowers, adorned with a deeper reddish flush along the midrib, and harmoniously contrasting with the greenish-cream anthers.
Among the most popular and easy to grow, Clematis 'Jackmanii' is a lovely deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of velvety dark purple flowers, fading to violet over time and harmoniously contrasting with the greenish-cream anthers
A magnificent large-flowered variety, Clematis 'John Paul II' produces an abundance of creamy-white flowers, 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), with a pale pink stripe down the center of each tepal and a large bouquet of spidery red stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to midsummer, then in early fall.
Regarded as one of the best pink double clematis, 'Josephine' is a vigorous large-flowered clematis with particularly attractive blooms, 5 in. wide (12 cm). Resembling dahlias, the flamboyant flowers count up to 8 broad creamy-green and pinkish-mauve outer sepals, adorned with a dark pink center stripe. They surround a rosette of small inner ones of similar coloring.
Perfect for containers, Clematis 'Justa' is a compact deciduous vine with masses of pale blue-mauve flowers, 3 in. across (8 cm), adorned with a light purple bar on each of their sepals. The elliptic sepals are attractively wavy along their edges and catch the light in the sun.
Clematis 'Kathleen Dunford' is a deciduous climber which produces a profusion of unique, rich rosy-purple, semi-double flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with golden filaments and dark red anthers. As the flowers mature, the tepals become mottled and mauvish-blue at the margins.
A strong-growing clematis variety, Clematis 'Lady Betty Balfour' is a lovely, deciduous climber with velvety, rich violet-blue flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), with contrasting creamy white stamens. Blooming from late summer to fall, this old time favorite is ideal for arbors, trellises, pergolas and other garden structures. Excellent when grown with shrubs and roses.