A Traditional White Spring Garden

Bulbous plants are available in so many colors close to white that you can create a wide range of delightful combinations within this range: perfect for the traditional white garden.

  • White grape hyacinths, for example, go together beautifully with white hyacinths that are still somewhat greenish in an early stage of flowering.

Hyacinth ‘Carnegie’, Muscari botryoides ‘Album’

Muscari aucheri ‘White Magic’

  • Yet other tints of green present in great abundance in the spring garden provide a lovely background for white flowers. Consider planting Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ which is highly fragrant and incredibly good-looking with its double flowers full of creamy-white petals interspersed with saffron-yellow cup segments.

Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’

Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’

  • Or Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’, the graceful Summer Snowflake that thrives in and around ponds. Another perfect combination is the use of a classic like Narcissus ‘Thalia’ with the white Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’): both flower at the same time.

Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’

Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’

Dicentra spectabilis

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

  • Simplicity itself can be achieved in many ways: surrounding Tulipa ‘Spring Green’ with the long-lasting and exceptionally large, pure white reflexed petals of Tulipa ‘White Triumphator’, planting the double-flowering Tulipa ‘Cardinal Mindszenty’, or the Grecian Windflower ‘White Splendour’ with the pure white Grape Hyacinth ‘Album (Muscari botryoides).
  • When pondering a planting plan for a park or garden, you can consider various groups of plants such as trees and shrubs, but what about flower bulbs? Flower bulbs are enchanting and just a bit magical. Planted during the last months of the year, they start displaying their quality by emerging and blooming as early as January/February. When the first leaf tips of the snowdrops peek up above ground, you know the gardening season has begun again!

Galanthus nivalis

  • During the winter months, parks and gardens look rather lifeless; there’s little color to enjoy. But flower bulbs are soon going to change all that. The energy displayed by flower bulbs as they start emerging so early in the year is sure to cheer you up.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

  • Before you know it, they’re creating a living palette of color that changes its looks a little with each passing day. Spring flowering bulbs in particular provide an explosion of color and fragrance in the garden.

22 Types of Spring Flowers – With Pictures

Types of Spring Flowers

Spring flowers are not just flowers. They are the harbinger of good times ahead after the dark gloomy days of winter when everybody is looking forward to some brightness and burst of color. And rightfully, spring flowers come in an array of colors that bring you a dash of color and positivity after a long and dark spell of winters. Maya Flowers brings you a list of spring flowers that promise to bring you brightness and lift up your mood. Because after all, who wouldn’t like to wake up to red and yellow sunshine flowers?

Early Spring Flowers

Early spring flowers bloom during the last phase of winter, giving us the much-awaited early signs of spring that can come anytime knocking at our doors.

Spring Crocuses

Crocuses are the earliest one to bloom and if you see them blooming in your garden or neighborhood, it is time! The cup-shaped flowers come in a variety of colors such as mauve, lilac, white and yellow, the colors of spring! This is a low-maintenance plant, however; you would like to keep it away from rodents.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a colorful and fragrant flower that is actually low maintenance as well as resistant to rodents and diseases. This grows out a deciduous shrub and the flower looks so beautiful against the winter sun.

Winter Aconite

The flowers thrive in cold climate and give you hope for bright and sunny days ahead. The yellow flowers of winter aconite are frost-tolerant and can withstand the first snow as well.

Hellebore

The other popular names for hellebore are winter rose and Christmas rose, however, the plant isn’t related to roses. It is the red-dark flower and evergreen foliage that earns it its nickname.

Camellia

The bright pink camellia flowers are all you need to brighten up a dull winter day! Besides the ornamental usage, the petals of the flowers are used in tea preparation and seeds are used for oil.

Snowdrop

The milky white flower looks like drops of milk hanging from its leaf-less stem. It is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring as it works its way through winters. It is believed that flower was originated when an angel breathed upon a snowflake. The flower represents rebirth, hope and optimism.

Chionodoxa

It is also called Lucile’s glory of the snow or Bossier’s glory of the snow. The blue colored flowers form a white eye in the center, giving it a striking appearance. Juxtaposed against the winter sky or snow, these flowers look ethereal and soothing.

Pansy

The word, pansy is derived from French language and means ‘thought.’ These viola flowers used to represent a lover’s idyllic pursuit and remembrance of his love and doing nothing else. Today, it symbolizes cheerfulness of mind. Pansy has two overlapping petals, one bottom petal, and two side petals.

A List of Early Spring Flowers

Scilla siberica

These are one of the early bloomers. This bulbous perennial, despite the cue, isn’t a native to Siberia. The blue flowers have six stamens and six petals. The nodding bluebell-like flowers feature on the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Daffodil

These perennial spring flowers have six petals-like tepals arranged in a trumpet-shaped corona. The color of the flower is usually white or yellow but you can also spot orange or pink varieties too at some botanical centers. Some parts of the plant including flowers are used for medicinal purpose and alternative healing.

Iris Reticulata

The flower is a bright blue color that goes against well with the spring sky. It is also called netted iris or golden iris. Flowers are usually purple but also available in blue, yellow and with an orange blaze. Sharply-pointed and ribbed leaves make for attractive foliage.

Forsythia

The plant is a deciduous shrub with a brown bark. The leaves are simple and placed opposite. The yellow four-lobed flowers bloom in early spring just right before the foliage. The petals are joined only at the base, rendering the much-needed protection to the productive parts by shielding them during rough weather. It has also been stated widely that forsythia flowers produce lactose or milk sugar. It is impossible to find lactose in nature except for milk but this fact isn’t verified by scientists.

Anemone

Anemone happens to be one of the most attractive and productive early spring flowers. Depending on where you live, you can plant the bulbs in fall, winter or early spring. The plant flowers within three months after that! And each bulb can produce up to 20 white flowers! In fact, vase life of anemones is pretty fantastic too. They can go for 10 days and this is why they make for an integral part of fresh flower bouquets and wedding flower décor.

A List of Mid-Spring Flowers

Hyacinths

This bulbous plant has a single and dense spike of fragrant blooms that grow in a variety of colors such as white, orange, pink, yellow, violet and red. The flower is perfect for this phase of spring as it prefers little and indirect sunlight. Rarely, a blue or white hyacinth spike can also be seen. The bulbs of flowers are poisonous and can cause mild allergies. The flowers represent rebirth and hope. It is also placed on the table for the Persian New Year. So, if you want to bring some hope to someone this summer or fill your garden with serenity, hyacinths are the perfect choice for you.

Tulips

This perennial flowering plant grows from bulbs. The star-shaped flowers grow on single stalk amidst the leaves. The strap-shaped leaves have a waxy coating and are alternately arranged. Usually, tulips produce only one flower per stem but you can see some species producing multiple flowers on scapes.

Azaleas

Azaleas are slow growing but you have over 10,000 cultivars to choose from. Depending on the species, the flowers can be white-yellow, sometimes fragrant and sometimes crimson red in color. Plant breeders need to watch out for leafy gall disease in the early spring.

Magnolia

Magnolia is an evergreen large tree and produces white fragrant flowers. In the world of flowers, white magnolia flowers represent perfection and purity whereas pink magnolia flowers stand for the joyous innocence of youth.

Primrose

The flowers bloom in early spring and are mainly used for ornamental purposes. Since they come in an array of size and color, they are used for beds and borders too. The red, yellow, orange, pink, white and cream, purple and bloom flowers give a colorful landscape against the mid spring sky.

A List of Late Spring Flowers

Lily of the Valley

This sweet scented flower, however, is highly toxic. In the universe of flowers, it represents a return of the happiness. It is also called ‘Our Lady’s Tears and Mary’s Tears as it is believed that the flowers sprung from Mary’s tears when she saw her son being crucified. The flowers are also used for weddings but can be quite an expensive affair. The flowers were used in the wedding of Prince Williams and Catherine Middleton.

Lilac

Lilac flowers come in seven colors and are available in different phases of spring from early to mid and late. Different varieties can give you steady blooms throughout the spring and at least till 7 weeks. These low maintenance flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies.

Peonies

Peonies flowers are loved by gardeners and rightly so! These flowers bring incredible beauty to your canvas and can thrive in any part of the country. The sumptuous beauty of flowers and pleasant fragrance are just the signs that spring has arrived.

Allium

Allium flowers are available in a rainbow of colors, from white to yellow and from signature violet to pink. The flowers belong to species of garlic and onion so rest assured that deer won’t touch them but the kind of beauty and the ornamental value they add to your garden is something that you are definitely going to love!

Watch Clematis Tips

Identifying Clematis by Observation

Is it really a clematis? If the leaves do not grow in pairs, it is another type of vine.

By watching your clematis over the period of a year (yes, a full year), it will reveal important information to you. The most important is when and how it blooms.

First, is it actually a clematis?

  • Clematis can be a woody, deciduous plants, evergreen, or herbaceous.
  • Check the stems for the leaf formation.
  • Clematis leaves grow in pairs along the stems. The leaf shapes vary with different varieties.
  • If the leaves alternate on the stem, it is some other type of vine.
    Even if the leaves are in pairs, it may not be a clematis, but the leaf trick is a super quick way to rule out other plants.

Take notes, record observation dates, and take photos (flowers, leaves, and middle of flowers).

This will not only help you figure out your clematis group, but it will make you a better gardener.

  • When does the clematis produce buds? Spring, summer, or late summer and early fall?
  • When does it produce flowers? Spring, summer, or late summer and early fall?
  • Have a look at a stem that has a bud or flower on it. Is the stem brown and woody or green and new?
  • Are the flowers small (2-4-inches), medium (5-8 inches), or large (up to 12-inches)?
  • What color are they? Note the color of the petals: are they solid or striped? Are there gradations in the color tones?
  • Examine the center of the flowers. Take photos and note the colors of the various parts.
    Lots of clematis have the same flower colors but the middles can vary greatly.
  • At the end of the growing season, what do the seed heads look like? This is also helpful for a clematis expert to narrow down your type.

Clematis for every month of the year

My gardening hero Christopher Lloyd was always a big clematis fan. One of his favourites for this time of year was the reliable and long-flowering Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. This is covered in light blue flowers from late June until the end of August. It looks similar and is in the same group as ‘Perle d’Azur’, but those in the know think ‘Prince Charles’ is even better and more reliable. It is very resistant to clematis wilt and incredibly free-flowering. It doesn’t get as gangly as ‘Perle d’Azur’, and does not succumb to mildew.

‘Prince Charles’ makes a fantastic combination with climbing roses or, as you’ll see at Great Dixter, growing up through shrubs, such as the equally long-flowering pink hebe ‘Watson’s Pink’. Both ‘Perle d’Azur’ and ‘Prince Charles’ like a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Once established, they should be cut back to 18-30in in late winter.

The viticella hybrids are also just coming into flower. These tend to be in the richest colours, with petals cut from plush silk velvet, and there are some brilliant and reliable forms. There are three, all with the Award of Garden Merit (AGM), I find totally irresistible. ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ is rightly popular, flowering from late June until the end of September. Like all viticellas, this is a slender, deciduous climber, perfect for shimmying up posts and through shrubs and trees. Another couple of famously rich-coloured good viticellas are Clematis ‘Étoile Violette’, if you prefer a deep purple to a red-crimson, or for colour in between the two, ‘Royal Velours’ in a red crimson-purple. These are both equally good, tough, reliable and free-flowering.

I have ‘Étoile Violette’ with Rosa ‘Cerise Bouquet’ growing up through Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’ and it’s one of my favourite plant combinations. As a group, the viticellas are the easiest clematis to grow, wilt-resistant and happy in most soils and in positions, although they prefer sun. Pruning is easy – simply cut back to 12in in late winter.

Of the less well-known, another of Christopher Lloyd’s favourites was the species, C. uncinata. This doesn’t look much, making huge evergreen vines, with matt, dark green leaves and small starry white flowers like a small-leaved armandii, but its scent is incredible at this time of year.

Late summer

The garden designer and writer Mary Keen recommends Clematis ‘Gravetye Beauty’ to follow on from these in August. This is a Clematis texensis hybrid, which Mary loves for its lateness and elegance and its cherry red colouring. The texensis hybrid group tend to die off to ground level or nearly so in winter but climb up again and start to flower in late summer.

Once in bloom, they continue to produce flowers on new growth until the frosts and they have good seedheads. They are best on good, well-drained soil in a warm, sunny spot. ‘Gravetye Beauty’ is not the most vigorous, so is best grown through smaller shrubs rather than trees. You need to tidy this up in the winter.

Mary also rates the rarely grown Clematis rehderiana as another late flowerer to take us into the autumn. This starts to bloom in midsummer and continues to October, with elegant bell-shaped flowers in a pale yellow, washed green, with the scent of cowslips. It’s a whopper and will grow to more than 20ft to cover a house wall, given some wires and support.

Flowers for autumn

Carrying on with autumn-flowering clematis with delicious scent, we’ve got to remember C. x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’. This gives huge clouds of delicate starry white flowers edged in a rich velvet purple from July until September. It’s a strong grower, reaching about 15ft in one year and pouring out the most fantastic scent.

Clematis orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’ and other tangutica varieties flower from early to midsummer. ‘Bill MacKenzie’ goes on looking good with lemon-coloured, lemon-peel-textured flowers and then their spidery, puffball seed heads into the late autumn.

It thrives on a north wall and is the ideal plant to train along a fence as it will drape it elegantly for longer than almost any other plant I can think of. It is happy in almost any soil and is easy to grow. This variety seeds freely, but does not come true from seed so it’s important to buy it from a reputable nursery to make sure you get the true vegetatively propagated variety.

Winter clematis

Through the winter, you want one of the Clematis cirrhosa varieties, with C. c. var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ and ‘Wisley Cream’ getting most votes as the most reliable and free-flowering. They start to bloom in December in a sheltered spot and can flower until March or April. These are evergreen, dormant in summer, but with nodding, bell-shaped flowers at a miserable time of year. They prefer cool roots and flowers in the sun. ‘Freckles’ has lovely plum spots over the cream flowers and ‘Wisley Cream’ is plain creamy green.

When spring arrives

For March and April you want a Clematis armandii variety – which is transformed if you know how to prune it. This was one of Christopher Lloyd’s clematis lessons – cut it right down after flowering. Then you’ll get the lovely almond-like scent of varieties such as C. a. ‘Enham Star’ without being drowned out by leathery leaves.

There are also good Clematis alpina varieties, such as the deep blue, free-flowering ‘Frances Rivis’, or the almost as good ‘Constance’, ‘Ruby’ or ‘Pamela Jackman’. And you must grow at least one of the multi-petalled, C. macropetalas, such as ‘Lagoon’.

Finally, for May, you have the Clematis montanas, ideal for threading up through an apple tree which flowers at the same time. If you’re keen on scent, the delicate, stray white-flowered C. m. var. wilsonii is a wonder, or the more robust-looking and reliable pink, C. m. var. rubens ‘Tetrarose’. Once they’re established, the montanas just need the odd hack back.

Thanks to Laurel Emms at RHS Wisley for additional suggestions:

June
C. montana var. wilsonii (early June)
C. ‘Carnaby’, ‘Miss Bateman’, ‘Guernsey Cream’, ‘Proteus’

July
C. orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’, tangutica vars
C. uncinata
‘Perle d’Azure’
‘Prince Charles’
Viticellas, eg ‘Madame Julia Correvon’, ‘Étoile Violette’, ‘Royal Velours’

August
C. orientalis (or tangutica varieties) ‘Bill MacKenzie’
C. rehderiana
C. texensis hybrids, eg ‘Gravetye Beauty’
C. uncinata
C. x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’
Viticellas, eg ‘Madame Julia Correvon’

September
C. rehderiana
C. orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’ or tangutica vars
C. x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’

October
C. orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’, tangutica vars
C. rehderiana

November
C. orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’ seed heads;
C. tangutica vars.

December
C. cirrhosa varieties, eg C. c. var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ and ‘Wisley Cream’

Jan/Feb
C. cirrhosa vars, eg C. c. var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ and ‘Wisley Cream’

March
C. armandii ‘Enham Star’ and ‘Apple Blossom’
C. c. var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’ and ‘Wisley Cream’

May
C. macropetala vars, eg ‘Lagoon’
C. montana var. wilsonii
C. montana var. rubens ‘Tetrarose’

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Spring-flowering clematis to grow

Spring-flowering clematis are ideal for injecting some early colour in the garden, before summer blooms appear.

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Clematis are divided into three pruning groups – those in Pruning Group 1 flower on stems produced in the previous year, with no regular pruning necessary. Clematis in Pruning Group 2 should be pruned in late winter, cutting back weak and damaged stems. Other stems should be trimmed back to just above the strongest and highest pair of buds. Pruning Group 3 clematis should be pruned down to 30cm in height, in early spring, to a pair of healthy buds on each stem.

To get newly-bought clematis off to a flying start, be sure to take a look at our practical advice on planting spring-flowering clematis.

Discover some of the best spring-flowering clematis to grow, below.

Austrian or alpine clematis, Clematis alpina, is a gorgeous, deciduous species.

Clematis x cartmanii

White blooms of Clematis x cartmanii ‘Early Sensation’

Clematis x cartmanii and its numerous cultivars are evergreen, with white or pale green flowers that are produced in their masses. Compact cultivars like ‘Pixie’ are perfect for growing in containers. Best grown in a sunny, sheltered spot. This clematis is in pruning group one.

Clematis spooneri

A mass of small white flowers of Clematis spooneri

Looking for a clematis to quickly cover a shed or wall? Fast-growing Clematis spooneri, also known as Clematis montana var. sericea, has fragranced blooms that appear from May, continuing into June. This Group 1 clematis doesn’t need regular pruning, but can be trimmed in spring.

Clematis alpina

Long-petalled, violet-blue flowers of Clematis alpina

Austrian or alpine clematis, Clematis alpina, is a gorgeous, deciduous species. The indigo blooms appear from April to May and are accompanied by attractive, feathery leaves, followed by fluffy seedheads that extend the interest. Pruning Group 1.

Clematis armandii

White, star-like blooms of Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’

Clematis armandii is an evergreen species with glossy, oblong leaves that give it the look of a tropical vine. The white blooms are almond-scented and appear from March to April. Cultivars to grow include ‘Snowdrift’ (pictured) and ‘Apple Blossom’. Pruning Group 1.

Clematis montana

Many white blooms of Clematis montana var. grandiflora

Clematis montana is a vigorous, deciduous clematis that bursts into flower in late spring. Flowers are sweetly scented and range from white to deep-pink, depending on the variety you choose. A great climber for a shady fence or wall. Pruning Group 1.

More spring-flowering clematis to grow

Dark purple flowers of Clematis ‘Niobe’ Advertisement

  • Clematis napaulensis (Group 1)
  • Clematis macropetala (Group 1)
  • Clematis koreana (Group 1)
  • Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’ (Group 2)
  • Clematis ‘Julka’ (Group 2)
  • Clematis ‘Niobe’ (Group 2)

Clematis Vines For Spring – Types Of Spring Flowering Clematis

Tough and easy to grow, spectacular spring blooming clematis is native to the extreme climates of northeastern China and Siberia. This durable plant survives temperatures in punishing climates as low as USDA plant hardiness zone 3.

Clematis Vines for Spring

Spring blooming clematis usually blooms in mid-spring in most climates, but if you live in a mild climate, you’ll probably see blooms in late winter. As an added benefit, even the spent blooms of spring blooming clematis add beauty to the garden with attractive, silvery, fluffy seed heads that last throughout autumn.

If you’re in the market for clematis, it’s helpful to know that spring blooming varieties fall into two main species: Clematis alpina, also known as Austrian clematis, and Clematis macropetala, sometimes referred to as Downy clematis. Each includes several irresistible, cold-hardy choices.

Clematis Alpina

Clematis alpina is a deciduous vine with lacy, pale green leaves; droopy, bell-shaped blooms and creamy white stamens. If you’re looking for white flowers, consider ‘Burford White.’ Gorgeous clematis varieties in the blue family, which produce blue, sky blue and pale blue flowers, include:

  • ‘Pamela Jackman’
  • ‘Frances Rivis’
  • ‘Frankie’

Additional types of spring flowering clematis include:

  • ‘Constance,’ a cultivar that provides stunning reddish-pink flowers
  • ‘Ruby’ produces blooms in a lovely shade of rose-pink
  • ‘Willy’ is favored for its pale pink, white-centered blooms

Clematis Macropetala

While Clematis alpina blooms are lovely in their simplicity, Clematis macropetala plants boast feathery leaves and masses of ornate, bell-shaped, double blooms that resemble a dancer’s frilly tutu. For example, clematis vines for spring in the Macropetala grouping include:

  • ‘Maidenwell Hall,’ which produces semi-double, bluish-lavender blooms
  • ‘Jan Linkmark’ offers rich, violet-purple blooms
  • If your color scheme includes pink, you can’t go wrong with ‘Markham’s Pink,’ notable for its semi-double pink blooms. ‘Rosy O’Grady’ is a subtle pinkish mauve with rosy outer petals.
  • Try ‘White Swan’ or ‘White Wings’ if you’re in the market for handsome, semi-double blooms in creamy white.

Clematis (Small-flowering) – Clematis hybrids

Clematis is one of the most popular of all climbing plants. The genus contains about 250 species in a wide range of colours and forms.

In the wild Clematis grows in wooded areas, with its roots under the shade of the tree canopy and its tops reaching up into the light. These ideal conditions must be emulated if you want to achieve the abundance of flowers for which Clematis is justly famous.

The flowers can be small or large. Some varieties, mostly among the hybrids, produce saucer-shaped blooms up to 15cm (bin) wide; others are small, delicate and sometimes hang down. The small-flowered types tend to be strong and robust and need fairly heavy pruning, especially in places where their growth needs to be restricted, while large- flowered types adapt themselves more easily to confined spaces.

Small-flowered Clematis are very vigorous. They grow to about 2.5-5m (7— 16ft) and cling to their support by means of tendrils which are actually twin leaf-stalks. When the leaves drop in November, the stems remain to provide support for the plant the following year.

Young shoots on container-grown plants may occasionally need to be tied up into place, but the plant is usually self-supporting. Early-blooming varieties, such as the ‘dwarf’ C. alpina which reaches a mere 2m (oft), need to be thinned and pruned after the initial burst of blossom to keep the plants nicely shaped and tidy. Late-blooming types should be pruned in early spring, if at all.

Propagation

Propagate Clematis by taking cuttings.

In July, take semi-woody cuttings about 10-12cm (4-5in) long with two buds at the base and place them in a rooting medium.

When roots form towards the end of the summer, pot into well-drained soil-based compost in 8cm (3in) posts. Overwinter in frost-free conditions.

In spring, re-pot into 10cm (4in) pots. Transplant into large containers in October.

Pests And Diseases

All or some of the plant withers when the plant has a condition known as ‘Clematis wilt’ or ‘vine disease’. This fungus infection affects large-flowered varieties more often than small-flowered ones.

Treatment: Remove all diseased shoots by pruning well into healthy stems. Seal all cuts with sulphur powder. Spray new shoots with a suitable fungicide every two weeks until all signs of the disease have disappeared.

Poor flowering may be caused by over-dense growth.

Treatment: Prune to thin growth and spread remaining shoots out along a trellis or other frame.

PLANT CARE

This plant thrives with its roots in cool shade and its stems and flowers exposed to the sun. Thin dense growth by pruning, especially if the plant is not flowering profusely.

  • Potting: Use a well-drained light garden compost. Add fresh compost and peat annually in spring.
  • Clematis hates wet roots, so water very sparingly unless the plant has just been potted. Never leave the container standing in water.
  • Feeding: Feed once a week during the growing season with a liquid fertilizer. Do not overfeed, as this inhibits blooming. Stop feeding when flowering begins.

BEST GROWTH ENVIRONMENT

  • Light: Roots should be kept shaded. Shield south-facing roots from strong sunlight. Stems, leaves and blooms should be given as much light as possible.
  • Temperature: Most small. Flowering varieties are hardy, and are well- suited to a cool or unheated conservatory, or in containers on a patio.

Buying Tips

  • Buy from almost any nursery or garden centre for planting between October and April/May. Clematis planted in the autumn should bloom the following season.
  • Strong supple stems, green undamaged leaves, perhaps a few flower buds. Do not buy a plant which is obviously pot-hound.
  • As long as the basic needs of the plant are met, it will live for many years.

Small-flowered Clematis are among the most widely grown of all climbing plants. This plant will provide an abundance of blooms in spring, summer or autumn for years.

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