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.

Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon'
Rich-red flowers of clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon'


'Minuet' has small but numerous flowers that are white with stained purple margins. It flowers from midsummer to September.

Clematis viticella 'Minuet'
Small, purple-edged white flowers of clematis 'Minuet'

Clematis rehderiana

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.

Clematis rehderiana
Small, bell-shaped yellow flowers of Clematis rehderiana

'Etoile Violette'

'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.

Clematis 'Etoile Violette'
Large, purple flowers of clematis 'Etoile Violette'

'Maria Cornelia'

'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.

Clematis 'Maria Cornelia'
Small, green-tinged white flowers of clematis 'Maria Cornelia'


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 'Abundance'
Pink, wide-petalled flowers of clematis 'Abundance'

Clematis x triternata

Many clematis growers consider Clematis x triternata to be the most scented type out there. The almond-scented blooms appear in midsummer and last well into September.

Clematis x triternata 'Rubromarginata'
Pink and white, narrow-petalled blooms of Clematis x triternata rubromarginata

Clematis tangutica

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 tangutica 'Golden Tiara'
Small, yellow flowers and fluffy seedheads of Clematis tangutica 'Golden Tiara'


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.

Clematis 'Niobe'
Plum-purple clematis 'Niobe' in a complementary border

'Gipsy Queen'

'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.

Clematis 'Gipsy Queen'
Deep-purple and maroon blooms of clematis 'Gipsy Queen'

Confused by clematis groups?

Clematis are organised into Pruning Groups depending on when and how they're pruned. Get to grips with the three groups in our feature on the clematis types explained.