Posted: 12/05/2012 at 09:56
thanks for the advice. i think that when my two large-flowered clematis finally give up the ghost (and i do spend so much time and effort keeping them going!), i will try a viticella. i have a montana rubens, which i love, but even that is hammered by snails, slugs and earwigs. it seems to be doing a bit better this year, since i've been so vigilant! i'll try it with a viticella, will give the bugs some choice, and they might be a little distracted from the montana.
i bought an evergreen clematis - "early sensation", and it's supposed to be hardy. does anyone know how hardy they are? it's in a large pot, so would it be better to bring it in over winter?
rouge cardinal is almost red - i think it has a touch of pink. it's also later flowering, and the only one of my clematis that is fairly robust.