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The Ranunculaceae are a genus of more than 200 species of evergreen and deciduous mix of [not always but generally speaking] climbing plants, as one would generally know them.

In that context and to the climbing plants side of this family – some of these flowering beauties can reach upwards of 50′ in height, an error [?] in plantĀ  you do not wish to make. They are generally self climbing and renowned for their almost wrap around corkscrew like self clinging attachments which it then uses to surge itself upwards.

The key to buying any climber, in this case clematis, is to suit the plant to the place. Mistakes in this department can often made in the early days for the sake of maybe saving a few euro’s. In my youth, the varieties most common were the Clematis montana – that can grow easily to 46′ long and therefore creates a very woody base, powering over and smothering almost anything that may have been planted nearby including trees, building and shrubs!

To this, I am offering you 6 clematis that are so much easier to care for and also that litte bit prettier. I have chosen these as, at this moment in time, it’s almost October and they are still in flower.

  • Clematis durandii – a late flowering, not self supporting clematis. It can grow to 6′ tall and its blue flowers with yellow anthers can grow to 3″ wide.
  • Clematis rouge cardinal – this rouge coloured late flowering clematis will self support and can grow to 10′ tall. Its flowers can grow to 4″ wide.

  • Clematis Mrs George Jackman – this one, I love. It flowers in early to mid and then again in late summer . The white flowers can grow to 6″ wide. Self clinging.
  • Clematis Nelly Moser – same as above, it is a self clinging double flowerer – It can grow to 10′ tall and its pink and white striped flowers can grow to 6″ wide.

  • Clematis proteus – this double flowering clematis can grow to 10′ tall and its flowers to 6″ wide. The second batch of flowers differing in colour by just a touch.
  • Clematis jackmanii – a single late flowering self climbing. it can grow to 10′ tall and its dark velvet flowers can grow to 4″ wide.

Some choose to plant on trellice. I personally wouldn’t. the problem is that the foliage canopy prevents moisture evaporating but allows it in and the wood quite quickly rots and falls apart. I prefer to use a strong timber support and galvanised wire. It means essentially it’s a one off installation and the wire does not rot or rust. Perfection.

Go forth. Buy. Consider. Enjoy!

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