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Raised in France in 1899, 'Ville de Lyon' is free-flowering variety that blooms from early summer to early autumn. It is best grown through an evergreen shrub to hide its bottom half as the lower foliage tends to go brown and dry by mid-summer.
As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring.
Cultivar: Ville de Lyon
Plant type: Deciduous climber
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Skill level: Experienced
Time to prune: February to March
Can you advise about a suitable climbing rose and accompanying clematis for an arch in a south facing exposed border.
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