Clematis Largeflowered Types

These are some of the most spectacular and welt-known of ail climbers, producing a stunning display of large (lowers during summer They are derived from several forms such as florida, Jackmanii. lanuginosa, patens texensis and viticetla. They are superb for training over pergolas, irellises or along wires lensioneo against a wall Most are single lorms, but a few have double flowers. They include a wide range of colours, among which blue, mauve and purple can be found in the following types1 Alice Fisk' [mauve), Barbara Dibley' [pansy-violet, with a carmine stripe). Belle of Woking [pale mauve, and double), :Gipsy Queen {rich velvety violet-purple). Jackmanii Superb a' [rich violet-purple), Marcel Moser' [mauve, wilh a deep carmine bar) Mrs Cholmondely' (pale blue], Percy Picton (intense mauve, with a pink eye], 'President ■ also called The President - [deep purple-blue), Vyvyan Pennelt [deep violet-blue) and 'William Kennet [lavender-blue]. Height: 1 2-3171 [4-1 Oft) Spread; 75cm-1 8m (2]i-6f!) Cultivation: Slightly alkaline fertile well-drained soil and an open and sunny position suit it, but the roots must be shaded from strong sunlight and you must not allow the soil to become dry during summer. Low-growing plants, as well as shrubs, can be positioned to keep the roots shaded and cool. Propagation: i'hey root readily from 10-t3cm (4 -5in) long stem cuttings taken in mid-summer and inserted in pots of equal parts peat and sharp sand, keptat 16°C [61 °F) When the cuttings are rooted, pot them up singly into 7-5cm (3ir0 pots of loam-based compost and place them in a cold frame during winter. Transfer the cuttings to larger pots in spring or summer and plant them out into the garden in autumn. Alternatively, new plants can be obtained by layering low shoots in spring: they will root within a year or so.

Left: Clematis Percy Picton

This isa relatively weak-growing type but is ideal when planted in a small area. it is especially attractive when planted against a well-weathered wall.

Right Cobaea scandens

This vigorous: climber is grown as a half-hardy annual, and needs a sheltered and sunny position The large belt-shaped purple towers have distinctive green calyces (their outer protective partsj

Above Clematis Alice Fisk

This eye-Catching clematis, which produces an abundance of large blooms, is a delight in a flower border when given a rustic pole for support It does weil if) combination with other plants, which give its roots welcome shade

Clematis are easily trained up supports, as they hang by their leaves. Each leaf is formed of several leaflets held on long stalks, and il is ihese lhat secure the shoots in position

Clematis are exciting when panted in association with roses, perhaps either side of an entrance. Blue clematis are eye-catching with yellow creamy-white or pink roses, and low growing plants at the base to keep their roots cool

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