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Clematis ' My Angel ' is an absolute thug, very invasive.

But on the plus side, it is reliably hardy, puts on an excellent show of hundreds, if not thousands, of flowers and has lovely glaucous blue foliage.



My goodness, the density of this plant is amazing Richard - how long have you been growing it and in what part of the garden? It looks to be in tip top condition. I am still dithering with my plug clematis which are now about 12 inches tall and still in the cold GH and they look pathetic against this beautiful My Angel.


That's nice Richard, I like a thug

Is it related to this one, 'Vince Denny' ? (the one in the middle), I can see similarities

I've got a piece of that coming along nicely, not in the ground yet


These little flowers please me much more than the large flowered hybrids


Yes, both intricata, I believe.   Super plant Vince Denny, but best  to keep an eye on him too, he can be a tad invasive but beautiful mahogany flowers, then the seedheads, what is the blue clem in your picture, please ?


I can't remember re the blue one Richard but I should be able to find out. It's at Kathy Browns's garden in Bedfordshire, where some of us visited last year. She gave me the piece of Vince D. The yellow one is probably Sundance which she also gave me but I failed to keep alive. 

I'll email that pic top Kathy and ask.

I also have Harry Smith, another related heavyweight, but a remarkable story with this one.

Harry Smith was, allegedly, a plant hunter who went to China collecting various seeds. On his return journey he was robbed of all his possessions apart from the seeds, so this is known as the ' robbers clematis '


That's another goody.

I need some more of these. Is autumn or spring the best time to plant? When do you reckon to send them out?

I keep looking your catalogue, decisions are so difficult, I want them all. 

I've emailed Kathy Brown re the blue one.


If you value the rest of your garden do not plant this thug.My Angel that is. It has taken over one section of ours and despite being treated with weed killer it still comes up. It has even gone through a concrete raft and come up on the other side of it. This is the Japanese knotweed of Clematis.

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As Berghill says, clematis My Angel is a brute.  If you have a large garden with a dead tree maybe, then it would quickly cover it, but definitely not for a small garden.

Lots of cutting material here if anyone wants me to send some to try, it will soon root.


Yes please Richard. 2 acres here, is that enough space?


Is it good for wildlife?

I'm looking at the rose that I planted in next doors old orchard. Its 40 ft up a cherry tree, but it could do with company.

The hawthorn on the boundary has a clematis montana, a rosa filipesx? and a jasmine up it. You can't actually see much of the hawthorn.

I do have an orange peel clematis (Bill Mackenzie?) through a buddleja x weyerana. I chop both down in spring, and up they come.


Our Bill Mackenzie flowers beautifully at the top of a 20 feet tall tree. Survived the top 10 foot of the tree snapping under the weight of it.

And My Angel will cover 2 acres in a couple of years!


Sounds like mine Berghill. 

I'm getting frightened now


I reckon that even My Angel would not take over your 2 acres, a big garden needs some big plants, just PM me your address again, please, I will send you some cutting material wrapped in wet kitchen roll, it will soon strike.

A friend of mine in the trade said, I quote " My Angel is definitely not for people who live in Barratt Homes "

Now I didn't say that.

Fidgetbones, lots of bees around the plant here, some of last years seedheads are still on the plant, a couple of stems I missed when pruning, the blue tits took some into the nest boxes.

Let me know if you want to try some.

It certainly makes a statement.


I heard you Richard. 

No Barrett home, a wooden shack in a wilderness of plants and wildlife.

I'll PM you, thanks


I'll PM you if you have some seeds. Next door lets me put random plants in the old orchard. Its getting a bit like sleeping beautys palace, Nature is taking over (with a little help )

This is the one up the hawthorn tree.

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