Six of our favourite clematis
The name Clematis comes from ancient Greek meaning 'climbing plant' and it is probably one of the most popular climbers among gardeners for its delicate flowers and variety of colours. It can be grown on walls, pergolas, frames, in containers, or left to scramble through trees and shrubs. Most need very little attention and with thrive in sun or partial shade. There are over two hundred species and cultivars of clematis and new ones are being introduced all the time. Here are just six of our favourite varieties chosen for their hardiness, colour and scent.
Clematis 'Fragrant Oberon' is evergreen, sweetly scented with pretty satin sheen blooms of a creamy pale lemon/white. It has a compact climbing habit and is therefore suitable for planting in a container on a patio or balcony. It needs very little attention and does not require pruning.
Clematis 'Sweet Sensation' is also highly scented and produces masses of small, white flowers during the summer. It too is a relatively compact grower and is also suitable for growing in planters. Plant it near to a path or entrance to fully appreciate the heady scent from the flowers from July through to August. This clematis is deciduous and grows to approximately 6ft tall.
Clematis 'Shikoo' is a stunning new variety with gorgeous double flowers of purple-blue. The flowers have large outer petals and a ruff of shorter petals at the centre, which appear from late spring onwards. The plant is also likely to produce a second flush of single flowers in late summer. This clematis makes a good partner for roses and grows to about 7ft tall.
Clematis 'Kinju Atarashi' has really showy flowers of mauve-blue with a pinkish bar running from the base of each petal. It produces flowers in late spring and usually also has a second flush in late summer or early autumn. This clematis looks good with stronger pinks and purples. It grows to approximately 7ft tall.
'Rooran' is a deciduous clematis whose large flowers have a pale pink background which is overlaid with deep rose-pink giving a slightly mottled appearance. It flowers in May/June and again in late summer. It can be grown in containers or in the ground and reaches a height of around 6ft.
Clematis 'Temptation' is a lovely new variety with double flowers of deep claret red which it produces in May and June. It will produce a second flush of single flowers in August and September. Easy to look after, this clematis requires only light pruning and is also suitable for growing in containers. It will reach a height of around 8ft.