The attractive velvety looking violet-purple blooms have eye-catching bright purply-red bars.
Luxurious velveteen beauty but also a very hardy plant and free flowering too.
This month I bring you the beautiful 'Julka' another clematis raised in Eastern Europe but this time Poland, home to Szczepan Marczynski and his family.
Raised in 1993 as a seedling it was not introduced by Szczepan until 2000 and shortly after that we at Thorncroft had plants to grow ourselves and were very impressed.
Many gardeners will recognise the colour pallet as similar to clematis 'Mrs N Thompson' because that was one of the parent plants for 'Julka'. Unlike 'Mrs N Thompson', 'Julka' gives a more prolific flower on a hardier plant and also has a more compact nature.
'Julka' was named in companionship with two other significant clematis introductions by Szczepan at the same time. clematis 'Barbara' and 'Hania' completed a trio of clematis launched together and all named after family members.
'Julka' - nickname of his daughter Julianna,
'Barbara' - named for his wife
and 'Hania' named for his mother.
Thorncroft also selected to grow 'Hania' as it is an outstanding clematis with wonderfully vivid colour and the hardiness of Polish breeding stock.
Find out more about clematis 'Hania' here.
Pruning is best carried out in the mid spring each year, cutting all the stems down to around 1-1.5 meters, removing the dead growth just above a new shoot. If you like to tidy the garden for winter, you can prune clematis 'Julka' back to around 1.5 meters in the late autumn once it is dormant.
Each spring give a good handful of Bonemeal to strengthen the root and add 3 slow release fertiliser tablets to ensure excellent flowering throughout the summer months.
Your clematis 'Julka' will give you flowers from May through to the end of August each year and given space can make up to 2.5 meters (8 feet) but with a relatively compact habit I often recommend 'Julka' to be grown beneath other taller clematis and climbers to hide bare areas low down.
As witnessed by many gardeners, the flower colour can vary depending on the soil and climatic conditions that 'Julka' is growing in, however on the whole a good rich soil is advised with a free-draining underlying nature.
These clematis prefer a good quality soil with high nutrient levels and a soil which is moist but free-draining. Improve planting holes with at least 2 forkfuls of well rotted manure or garden compost and if you don't have these use a 'Soil Improver' compost. The improvement material added should be placed under the root of the plant not around it. This encourages the roots to grow downwards and remain deep and cool during summer.There is no need to deadhead these clematis, however if they appear to have finished flowering earlier than you expected, there is no harm in giving them a light trim to encourage new growth and a secondary flowering late in the autumn.
Plant Size:Plants will usually be about 45-90cm tall on delivery, this can vary depending on the time of year and variety chosen. They are grown in 3 litre containers and are 2 years Old.
Flowering Months:May - August
Average Flower Size (Inches):5.5
Average Height (Feet):6.5
Pruning:Light in Feb/March (Group 2)
Soil Type:Moist but Good Drainage
Hardiness Zone:H6 - Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Suitable for Containers:Yes
Group:Early To Mid-Summer
Another winner from Thorncrofts Clematis.
Another winner from Thorncrofts Clematis. I prefer small flowers blue purple yellow follwed by fluffy seed heads, but this is a very welcome alternative for a special spot in the garden. Lovely stongly purple flowers.
Sabir August 2020