clematis (group 3)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: deep mauve-blue
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of small, deep mauve-blue flowers that fade to light blue are produced from July to September. This semi-herbaceous clematis is a non-clinging variety so is perfect for scrambling through shrubs in the border. It's a small clematis and is ideal for growing in pots on the patio where it can grow up small supports, such as an obelisk.
- Garden care: Cut back stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring. Mulch in late winter with garden compost or well-rotted manure but avoid the immediate crown.
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Q:What size pot would you recommend for Clematis Arabella and also how high an obelisk is needed. Many thanksAsked on 7/3/2014 by Scubamonkey from South Coast
I would plant it up into a 40-50cm pot. You could use an obelisk like the Loire obelisk
Fleur de lys round obelisk
Hope this helpsAnswered on 10/3/2014 by Anonymous from Crocus
Q:Climbing plant suitable for a pot, to grow on a North facing wall
Hello Would you be able to advise whether there is a climbing plant which I could grow in a container against a north facing wall? Many thanks CathyAsked on 17/3/2010 by C Flack
A:Hello Cathy, There are several Clematis that would be suitable, although none of them will flower prolifically in the shade - here are some of the best. Clematis Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/ C. Betty Corning http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/bell-shaped-flowers/clematis-betty-corning/classid.7067/ C. Guernsey Cream http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-guernsey-cream/classid.2000005535/ C. Bees Jubilee http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-bees-jubilee/classid.868/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 18/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbers for trellis with wildlife considerations
Hi I have a bare trellis at the end of my garden which marks the end of my raspberry and rhubarb beds, and where my composting and comfrey live. I want to cover this trellis with something to give colour all the year round, even if that "colour" is green leaves. I also want to provide something beneficial to the wildlife. I had thought about growing an Ivy, with a Clematis. Would these two climbers work in a small area and would I get my combination of colour, all year interest and wildlife benefits? Thanks MikeAsked on 17/3/2010 by Mike Simpson
A:Hello Mike, The best climbers for wildlife are Hederas (Ivy) or Lonicera (Honeysuckles). These are both pretty big and vigorous plants though and your trellis sounds quite small. The ivy can be cut back very hard though, so perhaps your best option would be to use an ivy and then plant a smaller growing group 3 Clematis, which should be cut in early spring each year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Suggestions for a Cherry tree, and climber to screen an external boiler please
Hi, I wonder if you can suggest some plants for the following situations? We are creating a garden (25ft) that will get good sun until late afternoon, but it is very exposed to winds etc. in the wintertime. I want to put a tree at the end of the garden as a focal point. I love cherry trees, so I was wondering if this might be an option, and if, so which variety do you recommend? Also, we have an external boiler which I want to cover with planting, -needs to be dense through the summer months, can you suggest any climbers/plants to screen it? The space is mainly in shade until late afternoon, North East facing, although against the back of our house so it is sheltered from the wind by a neighbouring hedge. Thanks for your helpAsked on 10/3/2010 by Hazel M
A:Hello Hazel, I think a cherry would be lovely, but you should opt for one of the smaller types so it doesn't take over you whole garden. The best is probably Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura - just click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/trees/other-trees/deciduous/small-garden-trees/ok-for-small-gardens/prunus-kiku-shidare-zakura/classid.4643/ As for the boiler, if you opt for any of the group 3 Clematis, then these get cut back hard each year in early spring, so you may be able to peel it off the boiler as it dies down. My favourites are:- C. Alba Luxurians http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-alba-luxurians/classid.7066/ C. Abundance http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-abundance/classid.2000005866/ or C. Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which Honeysuckle or Clematis is best for an arch?
Hi Do you know which Honeysuckle or Clematis is best for an arch? Many thanksAsked on 12/2/2010 by R.Lawrence
A:Hello there, All the honeysuckles are quite vigorous, so unless you have a massive arch, you should opt for a more compact type like
Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-%C3%97-brownii-dropmore-scarlet/classid.1687/ As for the Clematis, again you should refer to the eventual heights and spreads on our site and choose ones that won't swamp the arches for example C. alpina
or C. Cassis
I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/2/2010 by R.Lawrence
A:Hello there, All the honeysuckles are quite vigorous, so unless you have a massive arch, you should opt for a more compact type like Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-%C3%97-brownii-dropmore-scarlet/classid.1687/ As for the Clematis, again you should refer to the eventual heights and spreads on our site and choose ones that won't swamp the arches for example C. alpina http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/bell-shaped-flowers/clematis-alpina-/classid.855/ C. Arabella http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-arabella/classid.2000004765/ or C. Cassis http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-cassis-=-evipo020-pbr/classid.2000007720/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/2/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Which potted climbers for a north-facing spot?
Hi Is there a climber that I could plant in a pot to grow up a north facing wall, on the decking? Thanks VickiAsked on 16/6/2009 by email@example.com
A:Hello Vicki, There are several which would be suitable, however they will not produce masses of flowers in a shady spot - here are some of the best options. Clematis florida var. sieboldiana, Clematis Arabella, Clematis Bees Jubilee or Pyracantha spp. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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