This easy to please, majestic Clematis makes is presence felt, the strong perfume has notes of sugared almonds and vanilla and will have you coming back for more. The plentiful flowers change from cherry red to royal purple and a mix of both throughout their span. This vigorous variety is loaded with 3-4.5cm flowers from around January to April over petite, deep green leaves. It is an absolute gem.
Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ was bred by Clematis doyen Szczepan Marczynski. It took out bronze at Plantarium in 2011 and Silver at FlowersExpo in the same year.
Their elegant form is perfect for softening harsh edges such as posts, pergolas fences and walls or even trees. They require a trellis/twine/wire or similar with something under thin enough to wrap their tendrils around.
As a rule of thumb, Clematis tend 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 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
Unavailable in WA
Full Sun to Semi Shade