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Large mauve flowers of Clematis 'Diana's Delight'

Clematis for every season

We pick seven clematis that provide the best flowers in every season.

With so many clematis to choose from, it’s possible to enjoy their flowers in every season of the year.

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Their colourful blooms and free-flowering nature make them great garden plants. Clematis are also good plants for covering up garden sheds.

For year round colour, clematis excel. Whether it’s the cream cups of Clematis cirrhosa in the depths of winter, or the yellow blooms and fluffy seedheads of Clematis tangutica in autumn.

Where to buy clematis

We’ve listed seven beautiful clematis for every season, below.


Spring flowering clematis

Clematis armandii

Ivory blooms of Clematis armandii
Ivory blooms of Clematis armandii

Clematis armandii flowers from March to April and grows well in sun or part shade. A vigorous, evergreen climber perfect for covering a fence or shed. Sweet-scented blooms in large bunches as new, bronze foliage emerges. Pruning group 1.

Height x Spread: 5m x 3m

Clematis alpina

Blue-mauve blooms of Clematis alpina
Blue-mauve blooms of Clematis alpina

Flowers from April to May in full sun or partial shade. Deciduous. Mid-blue flowers with clusters of inner creamy segments. Varieties include ‘Frances Rivis’ and ‘Helsingborg’. Pruning group 1.

H x S: 2.5m x 1.5m

Clematis montana

Pale pink blooms of Clematis montana
Pale pink blooms of Clematis montana
Flowers from May to June. Deciduous. Prefers full sun but copes in shade for part of the day. Masses of flowers over bronze-green foliage. Due to their vigorous growth, all montanas are suitable for growing over sheds, fences and trees. Pruning group 1.

H x S: 8m x 4m


Summer-flowering clematis

Clematis ‘Diana’s Delight’

Large mauve flowers of Clematis 'Diana's Delight'
Large mauve flowers of Clematis ‘Diana’s Delight’

Large-flowered and free-flowering. Blue flowers with a cream-yellow centre. Flowers from May to September. Pruning group 2.

H x S: 2-3m x 2-3m

Clematis viticella

Magenta flowers of Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon'
Magenta flowers of Clematis ‘Madame Julia Correvon’
Flowers July to September. Masses of blooms produced on vigorous shoots made in the current season. Can be grown in large pots, across fences, walls and spring-flowering shrubs. Try ‘Madame Julia Correvon’ (pictured), ‘Abundance’ or ‘Venosa Violacea’. Pruning group 3.

Clematis texensis

Deep pink flowers of Clemetis texensis
Deep pink flowers of Clemetis texensis
Bell-like flowers on long stalks produced from mid-July to October. Perfect for growing in containers, as well as on tripods and through shrubs in sun or part shade. Look out for ‘Princess Diana’, ‘Duchess of Albany’ and ‘Gravetye Beauty’. Pruning group 3.

H x S: 3.5m x 1.5m

Clematis tangutica

Yellow blooms and fluffy seedheads of Clematis tangutica
Yellow blooms and fluffy seedheads of Clematis tangutica

Flowers from July to October, followed by fluffy seedheads that take the display into winter. The best varieties are ‘Bill MacKenzie’, the orange-yellow flowered ‘My Angel’ and the white-bloomed ‘Anita’. Pruning group 3.

H x S: 4-8m x 2.5-4m


Winter-flowering clematis

Clematis cirrhosa

Speckled cream blooms of Clematis cirrhosa var. 'Balearica'
Speckled cream blooms of Clematis cirrhosa var. ‘Balearica’

Evergreen, flowers Nov-Feb. Popular with winter bumblebees. Varieties include ‘Freckles’, which has maroon-freckled flowers, ‘Ourika Valley’ which has creamy bell-shaped blooms and Clematis cirrhosa var. Balearica, which has filigree foliage, with freckled, creamy yellow blooms.

H x S: 4m x 1.5m


Evergreen clematis

Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica
Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

Evergreen clematis come in all shapes and sizes, and flower at different times. The most popular evergreen clematis are the spring-flowering Clematis montana, but other evergreen clematis include the winter-flowering Clematis cirrhosa  and varieties including Clematis ‘Fragrant Oberon’, and Clematis urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’.

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