This elegant, compact clematis delivers dazzling, chameleon blooms that evolve both in colour and shape throughout the season (December to March).
The long blooming, royal purple flowers are crowned with folded cream sepals that glow with a fresh green blush. Stretching to an impressive 15cm, the flowers are big and bold. Yet the vine itself is a very manageable 90-200cm which makes it perfect for a pot, growing through a shrub or obelisk or use in small gardens.
Of Japanese breeding, it made a splash at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show and has continued to impress around the world. ‘Taiga’ translates to wide river.
This deciduous, climbing Clematis is in pruning group 3, they will only flower on new growth, so simply prune hard, to the first set of new buds, late winter/early spring. It will reshoot with great vigour in spring, getting better as they establish.
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 bountiful rewards.
The old adage is that Clematis grow well where Roses grow well, they are also excellent in combination. In fact, Clematis intermingle well with many different plants – trees and shrubs especially as they can be used for climbing in a beautiful symbiosis. You can use similar colours for a lovely blend, or create some drama with complimentary shades.
The Clematis catch phrase is to plant them 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 stems to grow up into the sunshine. You can protect the root zone with mulch and/or by using other plants to shield them from the sun.
Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage, or the roots may 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 when they are actively growing. Clematis get better and better as they establish, so while the first season might be a bit ho hum, prepare to be amazed in the next.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 10 cm
Summer to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade