Six on Saturday: Never Too Many Clematis

I make no apology for choosing clematis again for my Six on Saturday as I am sure most gardeners will agree that one can never have too many of them. Out of interest, and to help me remember the names of some of my newer ones, I carried out a tally prior to the open garden days and found there were at least 44, a number which I hope to add to before next season. Above is C viticella ‘Alba Luxurians’ which I first encountered at another open garden and was instantly intrigued by the irregular shaped blooms with their green-tipped petals – a very quirky clematis and I do like a bit of ‘quirk’ in the garden!

I particularly plan to add more scrambling rather than climbing clematis, to sprawl through the borders, like C diversifolia ‘Alionushaka’ (below) currently does:

Climbing into Rosa ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ is fairly recent addition C viticella ‘Super Nova’ (below), whilst  below that is C ‘John Huxtable’, increasingly well-established on a trellis in the blue & white border:

Labels on two newer additions to the clematis colonnade seem to have been mixed up as I am sure the clematis below is C viticella ‘Queen Mother’ but await buds opening on the other one to confirm it is indeed ‘C viticella ‘Royal Velours’ and not the royal mother:

The sixth of my Six is on its own, battling against encroaching ivy, the cheerily named C viticella ‘I am Happy’ but I think she would be happier still if the ivy was cut back further:

Please have a look at Jon the Propagator’s blog for links to wide and varied Saturday Sixes, where I am sure clematis will be featuring in other bloggers’ gardens too.

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25 Responses to Six on Saturday: Never Too Many Clematis

  1. Maggie says:

    So delicate and colorful.

  2. I agree, you can’t have too many clematis. You seem to have the perfect growing conditions for them too.

  3. Really love the first one – you’re right, it is a bit quirky!

  4. They are lovely and this post has brought home to me that I only have two left (I’ve cut through or swamped one or two sadly) and need more. Love the shape and colour of C diversifolia ‘Alionushaka’ particularly.

    • Cathy says:

      Only two? I am sure you will try and rectify this when you can 😉 For me, it has come to the point where I am actively seeking spots to add more, as I am with roses too except it is an eeasier task with clematis

    • Cathy says:

      Was going to say too that the blooms of Alionushaka are larger than I thought (not a bad thing though) and that with the scrambling ones I could do with encouraging them in specific directions early on in their season as A is top heavy on certain plants in the border

  5. You’ve got an incredible collection of clematis there and they’re all beautiful. I’m also intrigued to know who ‘Parks Direkktor Riggers’ was!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Katharine – I am sure it is a relatively small collection of clematis compared to some people’s though! I would love to know who Parkdirektor Riggers was too but info on the rose’s origins are minimal. I am hoping he was a well-loved park keeper and not a tough boss who the breeder thought he ought to keep on the right side of!

  6. All lovely. I like the unusual Alba luxurians. I’m looking out for some other clematis for my garden now.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I agree with that! If you buy from a clematis specialist you will always have more choice, so it’s worth seeking them out

  7. I love your clematis, especially John Huxtable I’ll have to investigate something for them to climb n in the allotment garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ronnie – there are so many different types and varieties and it’s worth looking at a clematis specialist like Thorncroft or Taylors for the widest possible choice

  8. Heyjude says:

    Your clematis are all so lovely, they obviously like your soil. My new ‘Prince Charles’ has flowered well, but I am noticing the flowers are becoming much smaller. Is that usual?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – the ones on the colonnade are now benefitting from the lightly raised beds as they retain moisture better. It’s not unusual for larger flowered carieties to have smaller blooms later in the season but it’s worth watering and feeding throughout the season, and deadheading too, I believe,balthough admittedly I gave not done the latter. Having just read that advice in Thorncofts catalogue though, I will try and make the effort to do so in future (although the seedheads are pretty!)

  9. Cathy your collection of clematis is fabulous and very very large (44, that’s many) but they are all so fantastic and wonderfully lovely and divine, that there must be something in your garden so they grow so beautiful or I think they are the cares of their owner what makes them so incredibly amazing. One that has impressed me with its gorgeous extravagance has been Alba luxurians. But they are all divine, I love them. And it never hurts a clematis or two more. Greetings from Margarita.

  10. Joe Owens says:

    Cathy I love Clematis too. I only have two varieties at this time, but I regularly check the “stressed rack” at Lowe’s for new ones to try.

  11. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, but that really is too many clematis; or it would be for us. We have only two, and it seems like too much. They are not happy in our climate. Those such as yours are enviable. They would look so pretty in the more woodsy of our gardens near the redwoods.

  12. cavershamjj says:

    44! Well done. I think I have around 20. But as you say, never too many…

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