Posted: 02/07/2016 at 12:36
I wouldn't have expected Belle of W to be considered rare. My favourite Clematis Man here stocks it.
I just like clems and have had about 50 in the garden but not all have coped with severe winters so down to about 30 now. Alpinas, montanas and macropetalas can't cope with our cold springs either as they want to be flowering when there are still nasty frosts about.
I love Betty Corning for colour, flower shape and perfume, Princess Diana for colour, form and vigour, Chrystal Fountain, Niobe, I Am Red Robin because it's such a good doer and has great flowers and seed heads, Red Ballon because it's climbed up a tree with no bother, alba luxurians and caerulea luxurians, Omoshiro, Huldine, Little Nell, Etoile Violette, Blue Angel, Nelly M and Ravarahinne and loads more.
My recent purchases are of the smaller flowered kinds with perfume and I bought seeds for 4 kinds of koreana at Chelsea. Watch this space.