A wonderful evergreen, winter flowering Clematis with oodles of stunning blooms. The creamy petals are decorated with a heavy smattering of maroon spots and bloom for months. . They are followed by little silken seed heads that are also ornamental. Through summer there are even a few spot flowers. The foliage is mid green and serrated.
The foliage of Clematis ‘Freckles’ is evergreen, it is in pruning group 1, which is super easy to care for, you just have to trim to tidy. I have read where this is noted as a fragrant Clematis, but I have had my nose right in the one in our garden here at Tesselaar and that is really what you have to do to smell it.
Hardy to frost and suitable for gardens or pots. Clematis ‘Freckles’ is easy to grow, up trees, pergolas, fences or rambling through beds.
Clematis grow well where Roses grow well, and they are also excellent in combination. You can use similar colours for a lovely blend or create some drama with bright shades. Clematis will also intermingle well with many plants. They are a fabulous garden plant as they are fast growing and produce lots of flowers.
Plant your Clematis so their ‘head’ is in the sun and their ‘feet’ are in the shade. In other words they like their root zone to be cool and protected. In exposed positions this can be achieved with mulch and or by using other plants to shield the roots from the sun. The plant should be allowed to grow up into a sunny position.
Clematis can be trained to grow on a trellis, fence, through trees and shrubs, along pergolas or any where you like! They are so versatile, you can even use them as a ground cover.
To perform at their best they should be fertilised well. Use a Rose Fertiliser every three months or when they are growing actively.
Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage or the roots will rot. Plant Clematis so they will receive around six hours sun a day and shield from the hot afternoon rays. You can even grow Clematis in pots.
Winter to Spring
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade