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Herbaceous Clematis

July 13, 2012

Clematis triternata is one of my all time favourite plants. It spreads over a space of about 2 metres wide and as high, needs no support, looks fantastic in bud then opens into a four petalled inky white mass of flowers.  It blooms for weeks, especially if you count the in- bud stage, and at a time when many herbaceous plants are fading and it looks great as a cut flower. The leaves are a glossy green and appear to be slug and snail resistant and the flowers are almond scented. In March I cut it back to about 30cms from the main stem and watch it steadily sprawl again each spring.  Also available and worth growing is C. triternata rubromarginata which has white and mauve flowers and is one of the most heavily scented of all clematis.

This week I cut white hydrangea with C. triternata which is still mostly at the bud stage, cosmos and white linaria. Having been away for a week I imagined nothing would had survived the slugs, snails and weather and initially it all looked rain sodden and depressing. I despaired of finding enough flowers to pick this week but as usual there always seems to be something lurking at the back of borders that combine into a simple pot for the table.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2012 5:40 pm

    As inspirational as ever – thank you!

    • July 13, 2012 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much…one never knows but I hope it at least reminds others of the possibilities to be had in gardening!!!

  2. July 13, 2012 7:00 pm

    I’d never heard of that clematis. How long do the flowers last once cut? I haven’t had too many problems so far picking flowers but all that is going to change as we move into August as my later flowering plants have suffered in the cold and wet. Zinnias and rudbeckias are either refusing to grow or rotting. Very disappointing but as you say there is always something lurking somewhere so hopefully I’ll still have some flowers to pick.

  3. July 13, 2012 8:23 pm

    This clematis doesn’t often appear for sale in the climbers section at garden centres and I’ve no memory of when or where I got it but I LOVE it. Somewhere like Crocus or a clematis specialist should have it mail order I would hope. The flowers were cut two days ago and are still at the bud stage so I imagine it will be fresh and lovely for some days yet.

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