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Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'

Viticella Group clematis

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (50484)

Plant details

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.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Clematis

Cultivar: Ville de Lyon

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to prune: February to March

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Can you advise about a suitable climbing rose and accompanying clematis for an arch in a south facing exposed border.

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