Clematis – different twists on an old favorite

Clematis '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. 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. Here'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. Here'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.       Read more [...]