Also known as "Clematis clarkeana 'Winter Beauty'" or "Old Man's Beard" this evergreen Clematis is, in our opinion, simply the the best for year long interest and boasts a floral display able to brighten the gloomiest of winter days. The lush, abundant foliage stays vibrant & summer fresh all winter long.
This variety is highly sought after for it's white bell shaped flowers that are delicately shaped and profuse adding a premature touch of spring to the garden between the months of December & February.
Happy in a sheltered spot with full sun or partial shade this versatile plant can be grown in a container, a cold greenhouse or conservatory and can reach up the 3.5 metres in height.
As we recommend with all plants, it is key to regularly water newly planted plants in the months after planting. Key with clematis, however, is to apply mulch to protect the delicate roots from drying out.
Clematis plants are extremely versatile and can even be grown as part of hedge, up a tree or as a ground cover plant.
When planting, dig a hole twice the circumference of the pot. Ensure the pot sits roughly level with the soil, with the graft point above the soil. Infill, the remaining space with a mix of compost and garden soil, but do not compress the soil.
Clematis will need sufficient space to grow or can become a tangled mess. Groups 1-3 require a trellis to scramble up.
In terms of care, watering is important especially during the summer months. They will need a thorough watering twice weekly during dry spells.
Pruning requirements depend on the clematis group. A detailed guide can be found here.
Clematis are easy to grow. Below we address some common queries:
- Position: Clematis prefer full sun but will suffice in partial shade. Evergreen varieties need shelter and herbaceous varieties sunny spots.
- Soil Types: soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Simply, avoid waterlogged soils and apply mulch to improve aeration.
- Planting In Pots: choose a pot around 50cm deep and be sure to apply mulch. Ensure regular watering in the warmer months.
- Hardiness: clematis can be found growing throughout temperate regions, and are well suited to the UK climate.