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27/04/2013 at 09:25

Am off to the Harrogate Flower Show tomorrow and need your experience to help me decide what to buy.  Photos would be a bonus!

27/04/2013 at 10:09

It has to be etoile violette, amazing when in full flower. I'm sure there is a ipictre on the forum but can't find it. have just planted one

Also Durandii looks good

Also blue azur - seen it a Sissinghurst again wpnderful

27/04/2013 at 10:51

Clematis macropeleta 'lagoon' for mid blue spring flowers and Perle D'Azur for summer flowering.

27/04/2013 at 11:20

Etoile Violette is definitely a stunner but very purple, as its name suggests.

For me, Perle d'Azur does well - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=365 

and Crystal Fountain - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=1843

and Beauty of Worcester - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=80

and Blekitny Aniol aka Blue Angel - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=88

There are some good blue alpina forms but they're not hardy enough for my garden.   Have fun choosing.

 

 

27/04/2013 at 11:40

What shade of blue do you prefer, and what type (ie group1, 2 or 3?)  Many of the most reliable large flowered (gp2) types are on the purple side.

27/04/2013 at 13:23

^I'm surprised that Alpina forms are not hardy for some.  This is 'Frances Rivis' which I like very much..

 

http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac17/MarLorena/KleineFontaine/DSC00594_zpsbc6b2ac5.jpg

 

27/04/2013 at 17:22

I find in my garden that montana and alpina get excited and juicy and full of new foliage and flwoer buds just in time to be knocked out by a severe late frost and we always get a -15 or so in late March or even early April that does for them.  I grow lots of clematis but not the cirrhosa, alpina, macro petala or montana forms and I now make sure when buying new ones that they can cope down to -25C as we get that quite a lot in recent winters.

27/04/2013 at 17:39

Thanks all of you, and it's lovely to have all those links, obelixx

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