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I have clematis Nelly Moser and Perle d'Azur in pots, but they aren't evergreen. Evergreen ones mostly flower in winter or very early. Clematis armandii is a good one. See others on this site. http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-evergreen-clematis/
I also have Trachelospermum Jasminoides (Star Jasmine) in a pot, which survived last winter -17° although the RHS says it is slightly tender. It lost a lot of leaves but they grew again and it did very well this summer. http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=302
Lonicera Henryii is evergreen.
I wouldn't recommend armandii as it gets very large - and you will be continually cutting it back if you only want 6-7ft. Any large flowered summer flowering clematis would be good as you would cut it down to the base each spring. eg The President
Maybe you could underplant with some bulbs for interest at other times of the year or if you have a large pot - put in an evergreen shrub and then grow a small climber up through it. Can't think of a combination off hand but I'll have a think...
I grow several clematis in pots, mostly smaller flowered species and cultivars, all flower July to September-ish. No problem provided you remember to water and feed them.
This is a texensis of mine in a large terracotta pot with metal obelisk
, grown from seed, gets better every year.
This is clematis Teksa, growing in a pot by our back door, North facing wall, a beautiful Late Large Flowered variety, photo taken in August.
Teksa is an Estonian cultivar, the name means ' denim ' in Estonian.
They're both lovely. Agree about the armandii, it's more than very large, it's enormous. If you get a hard winter it's enormous and brown and doesn't flower. Far better off with a deciduous one.
This is a viticella I grew from seed, I Registered it as Richard's Picotee, hope you like.
I love it, nicer than a lot I've seen in the GCs
Sorry about the Armandii, I read 6/7 foot as metres! That's what happens when you live in France - no more feet! My neighbour has one and loves it.
PS. What lovely clematis Richard, I've never seen a texensis before. The Richard's Picotee is so pretty.
It's lovely if you have the space and the winter isn't too cold. Mostly it isn't too cold. Mine has browned and died back twice in 12 or maybe15 years. But it always shoots again with vigour. Last winter was one of the dying off years but it's made plenty of growth in spite of the lousy summer and is preparing to flower, (as long as it doesn't get too cold again)
What about a hydrangea petiolaris? http://www.findmeplants.co.uk/plant-hydrangea-petiolaris-0107.aspx All year round interest and self-clinging so no need to put up a trellis. I have one just outside my wndow at work - lush greenery and beautiful flowers throughout spring, summer and early autumn, then in the winter a wonderful framework of reddish stems and branches and burgeoning buds. The blackbirds, robins and wrens love it and nest in it every year and the long-tailed tits search about in it gathering little cobwebs to build their nests. Once it's filled the space you've allocated to it all you need to do is trim it back a bit occasionally.
It'll take a year or so to get going, then it'll romp away. You could even grow a clematis up through it
There's an evergreen relation of that one called 'Winter Surprise', It survived last winter in my garden and has started to cling to the wall. It's in a very shady position but I'm sure would be OK facing SE.
What about honeysuckle,they are easy to grow,smell beautiful and have red berries for the birds. Sorry, I forgot you are going to grow it in a pot,I don't think that would work for honeysuckle.
I've got an evergreen clematis in a pot- Pixie. Small leaves, similar to a chirrohsa, about 4' high & small cream coloured flowers in Spring. It's slightly tender apparently, but any dead bits in the spring get pruned away & it's fine. I wrap the pot by the end of October & pop a fleece jacket over it for the winter months. Mine in a south east position in the NWest. I do pull the pot up next to the house walls for the winter months.
It gets fed every spring & a replacement of the top bit of compost. I will repot evry 2-3yrs or so. J.
I think that Richard Picotee is beautiful, llove some seeds or a cutting, or even a plant
Me too - it's gorgeous
I mix up earth, rotted manure and compost for more substance and nourishment for the bottom and middle of the pot and fill the last few inches at the top with ordinary potting compost, so I don't get weeds.