This appropriately named eye-catching clematis has light mauvy-pink wavy margins and vibrant deep pink bars. Wow! A very compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot!
What she lacks in size she makes up for in quantity.
This is one of my favourite clematis and has been since I first set eyes on it back in 2008.
Ooh La La was bred by Mr Raymond Evison of Guernsey Clematis Nursery and was officially introduced in 2009 at Chelsea Flower Show. The plant was first shown to the public at a one off event held in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society and The Inner Temple Gardens where the event was held.
We also exhibited at the event, so that was the first time I saw the plant and Mr Evison had them in small pots, but really full of flower.
I was immediately captivated by the plant and have been ever since.
For a clematis to catch my eye so quickly is rare and what I particularly liked about it was the striking flower colour. With large blooms of 4 - 5 inches across and a vibrant pink bar down the centre of the mauvy-pink flowers, you can hear people say out loud "Wow look at that"!
The flower colour matures as the flowers age and the margins that start out quite crimped and wavey become less so as they get older as well, so each bloom has a fascinating journey of development.
We have used Ooh La La on our show exhibits for many years but one of my favourite occasions was Malvern Spring Festival 2019 when we planted Ooh La La and Olympia together in a container. Their habit and pruning requirements are the same so care is easy and the two are excellent companion plants.
View the picture above to see what a great combination they make together. Click here to find out more about Olympia
Pruning is best carried out in the mid spring each year, cutting all the stems down to around 6 - 12 inches from the soil, just above a new shoot. If you find you need a little more height to the plant you can prune less severely than this but you can expect strong growth each year of about 3 - 4 feet.
The flowering period is going to start in June and be semi-continuous through to September so long as you cut off the dead heads from the first few weeks of flowers. Keep a fortnightly liquid feed of tomato fertiliser going from mid April to the end of her flowering period to avoid her running out of steam.
Ooh La La was specifically cultivated for use in patio containers, however as a garden plant it will perform very well. Indeed I have found uses for these compact patio clematis within the garden that seem to suit them very well. I find that to place them in the ground at the base of a climbing rose will give them a good natural support to climb up and they also cover the bare stems at the bottom of the rose.
Ooh La La has a preference for a moist but free draining soil condition, so much the same as your roses will like, meaning they will co-habit well together.
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.
Aspect:Part Shade to Shaded
Flowering Months:June - September
Average Flower Size (Inches):4.5
Average Height (Feet):3
Pruning:Hard in Feb/March (Group 3)
Soil Type:Moist but Good Drainage
Hardiness Zone:H6 - Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Suitable for Containers:Yes
Group:Mid-Summer To Autumn
Really good for patios
This is a fabulous clematis for patio pots and the quality of the plants supplied by Thorncroft is great. They arrived promptly, were very well packaged and were strong, bushy plants absolutely ready to be potted on to their final 'home' without needing further attention from me.
Nice plant in flower
Nice to get a plant in full flower when you open the box but quite a bit of loose compost too.
Nothing wrong with the plant I guess it was just loose stuff put on top of the pot to look nice.
Strong root too.
Arrived in flower
Arrived on time and very well packed. Planted straight into garden looks great.
Will use Thorncroft again This is my second order already and all four plants received were quality.
Cannot recommend highly enough. I ordered a number of plants recently from Thorncroft, which all arrived in excellent condition. They were very well packaged and arrived promptly, still upright in their pots. The plants are also super specimens.