Clematis – different twists on an old favorite

Clematis Sapphire Indigo9Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’ is such a great plant in the perennial garden.  This non-vining clematis makes a short clump that flowers for us from spring through summer. It weaves nicely into nearby neighbors making delightful combinations.

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Another of our favorites is the amazing Clematis ‘Roguchi‘.  The bell-shaped flowers come from clumping clematis species, but this one does make a short-growing vine to 6-8’ tall.  Clematis ‘Roguchi’ also flowers heavily, virtually non-stop during the growing season.  I can’t imagine a summer garden without this.

Clematis ochroleuca Penny's Bend in seedHere’s the seed show on the East Coast native bush clematis, Clematis ochroleuca.  The flowers are nice also, but the long-lasting show are these golden seed heads.

Clematis recta Lime Close in flower at Walters6Here’s another amazing bush clematis, Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’.  This unique clematis makes a 3′ tall mound of foliage that emerges dark purple, and an incredible cloud-like show of white flowers…simply superb.