Clematis that flower in early summer (May and early June) and have large, showy (and sometimes double) flowers are in Pruning Group 2. This means that they need some light pruning in late winter or early spring, then again after flowering in summer.
Confused by clematis pruning groups? Check out our guide to the different clematis types.
In February or March (depending on the severity of the winter – check that you can see green buds beginning to swell), remove any dead or weak stems. Then cut back the remaining stems a little, to a healthy pair of buds. This will ensure that you enjoy flowers at eye level, rather than them all appearing at the top of the plant.
After the first flush of flowers in summer, prune back to a pair of buds halfway down the stems. This should encourage a second flush of flowers in late summer.
Pruning Group 2 clematis isn’t essential, but it will ensure evenly spread flowers, and a second flush.
Here are 10 beautiful Group 2 clematis to grow.
Clematis ‘Love Jewelry’
Clematis ‘Love Jewelry’ bears large pinky-mauve flowers with dark pink central bars and wavy petal margins, from late spring to early autumn. It’s not a vigorous grower, making it ideal for training up a trellis or growing in a pot.
Clematis ‘Multi Blue’
Clematis ‘Multi Blue’, as its name suggests, bears blue, double or semi-double flowers throughout summer. It’s a compact clematis, ideal for growing at the front of a border, in smaller gardens and containers.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, Clematis ‘Kaen’ should fit the bill. It’s Japanese variety with double large pink-red, wavy edged flowers, with splashes of green. It also has striking seedheads. Grow it along a fence, up a trellis and pergola, or through a shrub or small tree.
Clematis ‘Diana’s Delight’
Clematis ‘Diana’s Delight’ is very free-flowering, over several months in summer. It has unusual blue flowers, with creamy-yellow centres. It was named after Lady Diana Rowland, the wife of the Bailiff of Guernsey.
Bred in Poland and introduced to the UK in 1975, Clematis ‘Niobe’ has become a very popular variety. It produces its deep claret-red flowers from early spring to autumn. It’s perfect for training up a trellis or an obelisk in a sunny spot.
Clematis ‘Piilu’ has large, mauve-pink wavy-edged flowers from May onwards. The first flush of flowers are usually double or semi-double, and measure up to 12cm in diameter. Prune after flowering and you should get a second flush of single, paler flowers.
Clematis ‘Cezanne’ is a dwarf variety with attractive sky-blue flowers. Thanks to its diminuitive size, it’s perfect for small gardens or growing in a container on a patio or balcony.
Clematis ‘Picardy’ is a dwarf clematis with dusky red flowers. It flowers intermittently from early to mid-summer. Grow it in a container on a patio or balcony, or grow it up an arch or obelisk, pairing it with a compact climbing rose.
Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’
Clematis ‘Miss Bateman’ is a compact, free-flowering and elegant clematis. The stunning rounded, single white flowers are tinged slightly with pink, and the centres are chocolate-brown. It’s suitable for growing up an obelisk or through a shrub or tree; you could also grow it in a large container.
When planting clematis, bear in mind that they like cool roots. You can do this by shading them with other plants, or covering the base of the plant with a brick or piece of slate.
More Group 2 clematis to grow
- Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
- Clematis ‘Guernsey Cream’
- Clematis ‘Wedding Day’
- Clematis ‘Happy Anniversary’
- Clematis ‘Ruby Wedding’
- Clematis ‘Princess Charlotte’