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 'Snow Queen' is a compact, deciduous climber with huge, luminous, pure white flowers, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with burgundy-red anthers. The slightly cupped, overlapping tepals may have a slight blue or pink tinge, but fade to white as they mature.
Clematis 'Sugar Candy' is a deciduous climber with large, pretty, mauve pink flowers, 6-7 in. across (15-18 cm), adorned with a deeper pink bar at the center of their sepals. The 6 to 8 sepals are broad, slightly overlapping and pointed. They contrast with the crown of bright golden yellow anthers for a nice effect.
Free-flowering and fragrant, Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' is a deciduous climber which produces a profusion of star-shaped flowers, up to 2 in. (5 cm), which open in bright cranberry red, then mature through purple-red, then purplish violet to violet then becoming paler as they fade. Intensely scented.
Perfect for the patio, Clematis 'The Countess of Wessex' is a compact, deciduous climber which produces masses of large, gleaming white flowers, 5-6 in. (12-15 cm), adorned with a pale pink stripe and a crown of deep red stamens. The ruffled edges on the petals add a romantically feminine finish.
One of the most popular Clematis, 'The President' is a deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of impressively large star-shaped flowers, up to 7 in. (18 cm), in shades of rich violet-blue, with 8 overlapping sepals that are silver beneath.
Bred in 1883, award-winning Clematis 'Venosa Violacea' is one of the long-established favorites. This particularly elegant deciduous vine produces a profusion of deep velvety purple flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a prominent white stripe and purple stamens. Each flower bears 5-6 sepals, which unfurl in a boat shape, before flattening and developing their unique coloration.
A sterling performer, Clematis 'Victoria' is a strong-growing large-flowered hybrid, which produces a profusion of rosy lavender flowers, 6 in. across (15 cm), adorned with rose-pink centers and surrounding a central boss of white filaments, and pale purplish-brown anthers.
An excellent vine for long-lasting and spectacular blooms, Clematis 'Ville de Lyon' is a deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of large, bright carmine red flowers, shading to crimson around the edges and contrasting with the creamy yellow stamens
Clematis 'Violet Elizabeth' is a deciduous climber which produces a profusion of large, soft pink, double flowers, 7 in. across (17 cm), adorned with golden stamens. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer to early fall. Single flowers are produced later in the season.
One of the most popular Clematis, 'Warszawska Nike' or 'Warsaw Nike' is a deciduous vine which gets covered with a profusion of large, velvety, royal purple flowers, up to 7 in. (18 cm), with contrasting golden stamens. Dark and dramatic, this late, large-flowered clematis enjoys a moderate growth rate and is perfect for growing over fences, walls, trellises.
Vigorous and free-flowering, Clematis 'Wisley' is a deciduous climber with masses of large, slightly nodding, violet blue flowers, up to 5 in. wide (13 cm), adorned with a reddish flush along the center of each sepal and yellow anthers. Each flower bears 4 to 6 sepals with elegant, crinkled edges.
Their flowers are incredibly large, 6-10 in. across (15-25 cm). Star-shaped, they may be single, semi-double or double and are available in a wide range of colors. They usually bloom in two waves. They bloom in late spring or early summer on the previous year's growth. They often repeat blooming in late summer and early fall on new wood.
Their flowers are impressively large, 5-8 in. across (13-20 cm). Star-shaped, they may be single, semi-double or double and are available in a wide range of colors. They usually bloom in two waves. They bloom between early and mid summer on new wood. They often repeat flowering in late summer and early fall.
Healthy, sturdy, easy to please, the Montana group of clematis includes the most vigorous deciduous climbers within the clematis family. Their flowers are not as large or flashy as those of the large-flowered Clematis varieties, but they are full of charm, fragrant and so abundant!
The small-flowered Orientalis group contains the truly yellow clematis. Their bright yellow flowers are lantern- or star-shaped and often nodding. Each flower produces showy pom-pom like seedheads with silvery silken tails that persist and disperse over the winter and early spring months.
One of the first clematis to bloom in the spring, Clematis alpina 'Pamela Jackman' is a deciduous climber with masses of nodding, deep blue flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), adorned with white stamens. Dangling in the wind, the flowers open from narrow, pointed buds. As their sepals unfurl, they gradually rise from bell to flat or gracefully reflexed, revealing the white inner skirt.
A lovely winter-flowering clematis, Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica is an evergreen climber with fragrant, creamy-white, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (6 cm), adorned with reddish-maroon freckles inside. Blooming from mid-late winter to early spring, the delicate flowers give way to fluffy seedheads.
Incredibly pretty, Clematis florida var. florida 'Sieboldiana' is a deciduous vine which produces an abundance of showy, creamy white flowers, 3-4 in. across (7-10 cm), adorned with a large domed boss of petal-like, rich purple stamens. The main flush of blooms occurs in late spring to early summer, with sporadic rebloom into fall.
Clematis florida var. normalis 'Pistachio' is a deciduous vine which produces an abundance of showy, creamy white flowers adorned with a slightly green central stripe to each petal and a boss of short stamens with pinkish-gray anthers. The blooms are produced from early summer to early fall. This unusual clematis enjoys a foliage of trifoliate green leaves and is ideal for scrambling through shrubs and for containers.