Autumn is typically thought of as the time when leaves are falling and plants are starting to enter dormancy. While this is true, lots of plants are just beginning to flower, clematis included.
All of the autumn-flowering clematis we've picked are late-flowering types that fall into Pruning Group 3. These clematis usually start flowering around midsummer, continuing until early autumn, often longer.
You can enhance the colour these clematis provide by growing them up and through shrubs and trees with dazzling autumn foliage – discover 10 unusual shrubs for autumn.
For more advice on growing these late-flowering clematis, check out our grow guide to Group 3 clematis.
Find out more about our favourite autumn-flowering clematis to grow, below.
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'Madame Julia Correvon'
'Madame Julia Correvon' is an old variety of clematis, with rich red flowers. This free-flowering variety begins blooming in July, and finishes in September.
'Minuet' has small but numerous flowers that are white with stained purple margins. It flowers from midsummer to September.
Clematis rehderiana is a more unusual species with small bell-shaped flowers, not unlike lily-of-the-valley. As an added bonus, the flowers are sweetly scented. Flowers from midsummer to October.
'Etoile Violette' is one of the best known of any clematis varieties, and for good reason. It'll reliably flower until the end of September (starting in July) and has beautiful, deep purple flowers.
'Maria Cornelia' is a gorgeous variety with white flowers flushed with a hint of green, so it combines well with flowers of all colours. Flowers from July until October.
The petals of 'Abundance' blooms are wider than many other clematis, giving the flowers a more voluminous appearance. Flowers until September, starting in midsummer.
Clematis x triternata
Yellow-flowered Clematis tangutica has flowers that last until October, which are then followed by fluffy seedheads that look lovely when dusted with frost.
Clematis 'Niobe' provides a generous season of colour, starting at the beginning of summer and lasting well into autumn. The flowers are a deep plum-purple.
'Gipsy Queen' has sumptuous purple blooms that appear from August to October. It's free-flowering, so you can expect it to produce a lot of flowers.