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Clematis Coming of Age

Posted: 19/11/2015 at 18:59

I have lots of integrifolia seeds from blue, white and pink forms if anyone wants a few to try, no charge, but please note they do not come true from seed, so you never know what you will end up with, they are all super plants for the mixed herbaceous border, reliably hardy, flowering July to September, ranging in height from 1 ft to 4 or 5 ft.

Named forms, of which there are many, can be propagated by division.

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 18:25

 We take 1000's of clematis cuttings every year, using Doff rooting powder, certain times of year I use gel, OK.

An elderly visitor to my nursery told me about the custard powder.

Always willing to learn, we tried a few Polish Spirit ( easy ) cuttings rather late in the season, using Doff powder, Clonex gel and CP, custard powder. 

Results as shown.


Geranium cuttings

Posted: 14/11/2015 at 21:34

Tip...........try using ordinary custard powder instead of hormone rooting powder,


Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 20:08

Most clematis are deciduous and it is a natural occurrence that the foliage turns brown and the leaves drop off,

Give us a few more clues as to the cultivar / species name, please ?

Big flower, medium sized flower, colour etc.

Delphinium flowering late again!

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 21:35


Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 19:12

2 very good tips there from obelixx, deadheading is well worth the effort ( unless you collect seeds as I do ) and also try treating your group 2's as group 3's, in other words prune them hard in Spring.

While we are on the clematis subject ( you started it ) another vital group of clematis for a stunning Summer border is the herbaceous group, mainly integrifolias, but some of the integrifolia x viticella ( x diversifolia ) are superb when grown through obelisks or canes in the mixed border. Arabella probably 1 of the best.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:37

In her latest splendid book Making a Garden, Carol Klein has devoted a chapter to the clematis growing in our garden at The Hawthornes in Lancashire, text and pictures.

She has chosen to include 2 pictures of Etoile Violette, 1 of them growing on an open trellis fence, the other growing over a yellow shrubby potentilla, the yellow and purple look stunning together.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 18:27

Rebecca is an early large flowering hybrid. Etoile Violette is one of the best viticellas, reputedly more flowers than any other clematis, no vices and an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:16

Or, another group known as the LLFH, late large flowered hybrids, plants such as Hagley Hybrid, Niobe, Prince Charles etc. fall into this group. Larger flowers but not as many as on the viticellas.

Or, the texensis group, Princess Diana, Lady bird Johnson, several others.

Best late flowering clematis?

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 17:09

Viticellas or viornas flower July to September-ish, easy pruning, butcher them to the floor in February, 8, 10, 12 ft of new growth in a season, masses of flowers, or the yellow tanguticas, orientalis family, all bombproof hardy.

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