Clematis Westerplatte

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Check out our Blog post - Wondrous Westerplatte
The striking, slightly purply-red blooms have brighter red bars and a luxurious velvety sheen and complimentary deep red stamens.

Stock Status: In Stock

Check out our Blog post - Wondrous Westerplatte
The striking, slightly purply-red blooms have brighter red bars and a luxurious velvety sheen and complimentary deep red stamens.

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Clematis Westerplatte
Clematis Westerplatte
Clematis Westerplatte
Clematis Westerplatte
Clematis Westerplatte
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The striking, slightly purply-red blooms have brighter red bars and a luxurious velvety sheen and complimentary deep red stamens.

A superb clematis that is easy to place in the garden.

'Westerplatte' is just one of many superb clematis raised by Brother Stefan Franczak of Poland. Westerplatte arrived in around the early 1990's and is part of a wonderful collection of clematis from this highly regarded clematis breeder.
At Thorncroft Clematis we have stocked 'Westerplatte' from the very earliest opportunity and it has always proven to be a popular plant with the gardener.
It's natural hardiness and easy to grow nature are a part of this popularity for certain, but the long and consistent flowering period June to September (in the UK) is the most attractive attribute I'm sure.
While Westerplatte is not vigorous in height (6-8 feet) it makes a nice bushy plant, meaning it is ideal as a companion plant to peach, yellow or cream roses or other host plants.

Brother Stefan named his new clematis in honour of the heroic stand by the Polish First Armoured Brigade stationed on the peninsular of Westerplatte in Gdansk Bay.
On the 1st September 1939 the garrison was shelled by the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein, the first battle action of the second world war and despite over-whelming odds the garrison held out for 7 days. 
To find out more click HERE.

The flower of 'Westerplatte' opens as the darkest purply-red with a marvellous velvety texture. Once fully open there will be a slightly brighter red bar down the centre of the tepal leading to the deep wine red stamens at the centre of the flower. As the blooms mature and also later in the flowering period, you will sometimes note a slight bluey hue to the edges of the tepals adding another attractive feature to an already beautiful flower.
Grow 'Westerplatte' somewhere that you walk past often or perhaps use her to catch the attention of passers-by in your front garden. You could keep her in a large patio container as a feature plant or on an obelisk or trellis but don't hide her at the back of a garden border.

Care Advice:
Pruning is best carried out in late winter to mid spring each year. At first cut all the stems down to around 2-4 foot high and then leave the plant for about 10-14 days to allow the lower leaf joints to create new buds. Next work your way down from the top of each stem looking for the first nice viable bud and cut away any remaining dead stem just above that bud. Do this on each stem of the plant and you should be left with many stems cut at differing heights across the plant meaning you get flowers all the way up, not just at the top!
Once pruned give a good handful of bonemeal and wriggle that into the soil around the base of the stems taking care not to break any new shoots at the crown of the plant. Lightly water this in.

Cultivation Advice.

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.

Specifications
  • 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:
    Sun to Part Shade
  • Facing Aspect:
    South,East,West
  • Flowering Months:
    June - September
  • Average Flower Size (Inches):
    5.25
  • Average Height (Feet):
    7
  • 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
  • Awards:
    No
  • Scented:
    No
  • Habit:
    Deciduous Climber
  • Group:
    Early To Mid-Summer
  • Colour:
    Red
  • Weight:
    1.5kg
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