'Recommended' by a Popular Garden Magazine Dec 2020.
Large flowered 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. If your clematis flowers in May-June(late spring), cut the dead flower heads when they have finished to encourage a second set of flowers to be produced in the late summer and autumn. Be prepared to wait for a couple of years before they will be at their best - Our saying is - 1st year = Roots, 2nd year = Shoots, 3rd year = Flowers!
Group:Early To Mid-Summer
Beautiful but stubborn
I planted this clematis in the autumn of 2011. It is planted on the north side of the wall and I am planning for it to climb though a hole in the wall in order to flower on the south side of the wall. So far it has stubbornly refused to do this.
This summer it is filled with flowers, all on the north side of the wall. I am keeping my hope up for next year!
Susanne July 2020
Better from Thorncroft
Bought from local chain in sale in flower. mildew within a week. Peters plants have all done brilliantly and have been in flower all summer long.
Better reconsider paying more in future.
Thanks for your help Peter.
David July 2020
I bought this clematis about 5 years ago, unlabelled in Thorncroft's sale, right after Chelsea. It didn't look too happy, but once potted up and given Some TLC, she soon perked up and once flowered I took a blow back to get her identified. Since then she has given me years of wonderful blooms, looks terrific on my patio, and is the envy of my friends. This year, it's clear she needs repotting, so I am planning to put her against the fence in my north facing border, to give the area some colour. This is a wonderful clematis, and I would think is well worth the price tag - although unknowingly I paid just £5.00!!
Lizzie July 2020