Posted: 26/02/2013 at 17:02
Yes, Zephrine Drouin is a beautiful old and free flowering thornless rose - I have clematis The President growing through it and they look wonderful together.
Climbing Compassion is very vigorous - mine grows over two arches at right angles to each other - one of Harkness' most pop[ular climbers and lightly scented too - I've never needed to spray as it seems disease resistant.
Another very beautiful climber which I have trained along ropes in three tiers is Summer Wine - it has deep golden stamens that positivelt glow in the sunlight and carries on flowering until November here in Bedfordshire.
With clematis I have found it does not pay to buy big expensive plants. I have bought my named varieties from Wyevale whio each year have some kind of offer, like 3 for £10. Pklanted deep with lots of humous and bonemeal at the bottom of the planting hole they grow quickly to a a good height in the first year. With careful choice yiou can have clematis flowering in every season - starting with Francis Rivis which will be in flwer here in about two weeks so yiou get some flower while the roses are still rather bare and hibernating.