Clematis cirrhosa 'Jingle Bells'
clematis (group 1)
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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: December to February
- Flower colour: creamy-white
- Other features: leaves retained throughout the year
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
Large, nodding, cream-coloured flowers appear from winter to early spring and are followed by attractive seedheads. This charming climber is ideal for training around a doorway in a sunny, sheltered location where the scented blooms can best be appreciated.
- Garden care: No routine pruning is necessary. If the spread of the plant needs to be restricted prune immediately after flowering, cutting back overlong shoots to healthy buds. Apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring.
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Q:Please advise re this alpine Clematis planted autumn 2013 acidic soil now sad/sluggishh. Limed and Gromore'd in spring '14 and this spring. After its second winter it is now 5' tall upper shoots splaying to 4' wide. 2 flowers its first winter! but surprised no buds/flowers this last winter?? Upper growth++ but bare 3 legged base until this week when the woody legs started shooting 6" from the ground. All its leaves/stems r curled & shiny copper, only 4-5 green leaves. It seems - 'weak' with lots of upoer shoots then 3' of bare base branches - but in the last week or so the base is sending out a cluster of new shoots 6" from the ground. It has climbed but the bare base with its sudden new growth is tempting me to prune it hard right down to about 2' above the new cluster growth off the main trunk. This wd remove over 2/3 of upper growth..and may kill or cure? Is the liming recommended twice a year?Its root crown is shaded and covered by a stone and its depth is right.Asked on 14/4/2015 by forgetmenot from mid Sussex heathland
Most climbers have the tendency to get leggy at their base, and as you can see from the photos on our site, this on falls into that category. These plants really do not need much pruning, but if you are going to tackle it, then now is the time to do it. I would say though that I think you are right in thinking that it may kill it.
As for liming, I would not recommend it at all unless your soil has a low pH, as the constantly fluctuating pH levels can affect the plants growth.Answered on 21/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Clematis cirrhosa 'Jingle Bells' and Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream' pruning
I wonder if you can advise me on pruning? These Clematis have flowered wonderfully this winter and finished in late March, but they have not flowered every year. Also, now they are too big (8' tall and the same wide) and I would like to restrict them to 1 to 2 fence panels wide and one panel high. I am tempted to reduce them as much as I did last year, cutting back to around 4 feet from the ground, but is it wise to do this again? I have mulched with well rotted farm manure the for the last few years but have not applied a fertiliser. Appreciate your help LesAsked on 15/4/2010 by berylnles
A:Hello Les, These tend to flower on wood that has ripened in the previous year, so cutting them back at the wrong time will affect their flower production. They generally don't need much pruning, and will resent it if it is too hard, but you can cut back over-long shoots to a healthy bud or to their point of origin. This should be tackled immediately after flowering each year. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 16/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Advice on climbers please
Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, HeatherAsked on 12/3/2010 by Thuli
A:Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge
Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards TerryAsked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum
A:Hello Terry, If you click on the following link it will take you to all our winter flowering climbers - of which the Jasminum is tougher and more like a shrub. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.204/ Alternatively, this link will take you to all our winter flowering shrubs. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/plcid.1/vid.204/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climbers to cover a Pergola
Hello We are building a 13ft square x 8ft high pergola and want to have Clematis, with flower for most of the year, but also with vigorous growth to cover the roof of the pergola. What Clematis would you recommend or do I need to include climbers like Jasmine and Virginia Creeper to provide summer and autumn colour? Please advise PaulAsked on 3/11/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello Paul, I'm afraid no single Clematis will flower throughout the year, however you can get different types to flower at different times of the year. As a very general rule the group 1 Clematis are early flowering, the group 2's mid and the group 3's late, so this will help you narrow down your selection. The following link will take you to the few evergreen Clematis, some of which are quite vigorous - you can see the eventual height and spread of each to the right of the photos once you open up each page. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/plcid.15/plcid.16/vid.24/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:What plants would you suggest for a winter gift?
I would like to send a present in November to someone who loves the garden - any suggestions as to what you could offer? (I previously sent one of your ornamental bay trees, which was very successful).Asked on 17/10/2006 by Jennifer Baldwin
A:We do have some lovely winter-flowering plants that would make nice gifts. Just click on the link below each plant name to find out more about that particular one. 'Chimonanthus praecox' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=820&CategoryID= 'Camellia sasanqua Plantation Pink' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1341&CategoryID= 'Clematis cirrhosa Jingle Bells' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2000003353&CategoryID= Hamamelis http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=hamamelis Helleborus http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=helleborus Lonicera x purpusii Winter Beauty' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4111&CategoryID= 'Sarcococca confusa' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4367&CategoryID= 'Viburnum x bodnantense Charles Lamont' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4488&CategoryID=Answered on 17/10/2006 by Crocus
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