Clematis 'Avant-Garde' is an excellent Clematis. The rich red petals are topped with lavender pink pompom. Each fabulous bloom is around 5cm across.
Clematis 'Avant-Garde' is robust with plenty of blooms, it is part of Clematis doyens, Evison/Poulson's Festoon collection and was released in 1996. It is pruning group 3, so when the flowers finish you simply cut it just above the ground, next season it will grow to its full dramatic size.
Growing Viticella Clematis will have you looking like an expert green thumb without any of the hard work! They are simple, hardy and will establish quickly. The flowers are small but there are LOTS of them, they literally cover the tendrils.
Viticella Clematis are also known as Italian Clematis. They are more heat tolerant and so will take more sun than the larger flowering varieties of Clematis. The cut flowers will even last well in a vase.
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 contrasting shades. Clematis intermingle well with many plants. They are fast growing and produce lots of flowers.
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.
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.
Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage or the roots will rot. Plant so they will receive around six hours sun a day and shield from the hot afternoon rays. You can also grow Clematis in pots.
To perform at their best they should be fertilised well. Use a Rose Fertiliser every three months or so.
Summer to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade