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.