A cloud of lavender blue flowers up to 20cm across open from spring to autumn. It grows to an impressive size each season. Draped in a tree or shrub it is divine.
A deciduous, hybrid, climbing Clematis in pruning group 3, they will only flower on new growth, so simply prune to the first set of new buds once they have finished blooming in winter. It will reshoot with great vigour in spring.
Clematis make a statement of beauty without being overpowering. They are easy to grow and ideal for beginners, requiring little in the way of care and offering a bountiful rewards.
Clematis grow well where Roses grow well. They are also excellent in combination. You can use similar colours for a lovely blend or create some drama with complimentary shades. In fact, Clematis intermingle well with many plants – trees and shrubs especially as they can be used for climbing in a beautiful symbiosis. They are so versatile, you can even grow them in pots.
The old adage is to 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, and the stem to grow up into a sunny position. You can protect the root zone with mulch and/or by using other plants to shield the roots from the sun.
Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage or the roots can rot. Plant so they will receive around six hours sun a day and are shielded from the hot afternoon rays. To perform at their best they should be fertilised well, to do this you can use a Rose Fertiliser every three months or so.
Clematis x jackmanii
Spring to Autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade