Varieties of Clematis
There are so many beautiful flowers for us to grow and in so many different ways. One of the best ways to grow flowers is on vines. There's nothing like a flowering vine to compliment a fence, arbor or even a climbing rose.
This clematis, which is regarded as the queen of the vines, is one of my favorites. If you've ever grown this plant, you know that these vines grow rapidly. I use an ordinary clothespin to help hold and direct them.
There are so many varieties of clematis for us to choose from. And I've selected about 4 for my garden. This one, which is called the 'Duchess of Albany', is a North American native. I like it because of its bell-shaped bright pink blooms. It contrasts beautifully with the pale pink blossoms of the rose.
Now this beautiful purple one is called 'Jackmanii' and it's one of the most common and easiest to grow. One for fall bloom is the 'Sweet Autumn' clematis. It covers itself in tiny little flowers and has a divine fragrance.
Finally, another favorite of mine is white 'Henryi', which is growing up this trellis with 'New Dawn' rose. Clematis can be an ideal plant for accenting a mailbox or a lamppost or even the entry to your garden. This pale lavender variety was one of the last to flower in my garden.
If you're looking for a fast growing, flowering vine for your garden, you might give clematis a try. It will reward you with blooms for years to come.
From the garden, I'm Allen Smith.
P. Allen Smith Gardens
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