Clematis Fragrant Oberon ('Hutbron') (PBR)
clematis (group 1)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March - April
- Flower colour: lemon-white, often flushed with green
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A brand new introduction which is reputed to be one of the most fragrant Clematis to date. The early spring flowers have small, lemon-white petals that are often flushed with green, surrounding prominent lime green stamens. These pretty flowers have a satiny sheen and really stand out against the backdrop of the lustrous, evergreen foliage.
- 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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I have two trellises running up a sunny back wall that are 1.8 m x 1.8 m wide each.
I know the spread of the Fragrant Oberon is eventually 1.8 but would you advise planting two plants initially so that it gets good coverage while growing to full height?
If so, how far apart would you recommend planting them?
If I wanted to plant this Clematis next to another complimentary climber on the same trellis, what would you recommend?
I am looking for evergreen hardy or semi hardy plants that are easy to keep. Your Winter Beauty or Japanese Honeysuckle look lovely, would either of those work next to a clematis (or each other!) on a trellis?
Thanks so much for your help! :DAsked on 17/5/2015 by Gardening Newbie from Liverpool
'Fragrant Oberon' will grow to around 1.8m tall, but it is not particularly bushy, so I would recommend planting 2 on each piece of trellis. If you want to mix it up with something else, then I would recommend a new honeysuckle 'Rhubarb and Custard' as it is compact and relatively late-flowering - please click on the following link to go straight to it.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lonicera-periclymenum-rhubarb-and-custard/classid.2000020958/Answered on 29/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Is this clematis evergreen ?Asked on 26/4/2015 by Stefanie
Yes this is an evergreen clematis.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
I would like to grow this clematis against my front house wall which is south facing. It would have to be in a pot permanently. Which size pot would I have to put it in for it to grow happily?
ZuziaAsked on 26/2/2015 by Zuzia from Harlesden
Clematis need deep containers, so I would choose one that is at least 45cm deep by 45cm diameter. it won't like to dry out so you will need to keep it well watered and fed, protect the roots so they are not in the full sun, and use a compost such as John Innes no 2 or no 3.
Hope this helps.Answered on 4/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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: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
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