clematis (group 1)
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This clematis is one my fondest plants; as it comes into its own unique flowering glory with the onset of winter; plant it through a large deciduous shrub that is well past its flowering best for support
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: November to March
- Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
A very rare and unusual form of Clematis that originates from Nepal and parts of southern China. It is a remarkable plant, that loses all its foliage in late spring or early summer and remains dormant throughout the hottest months of the year. In late autumn it will put on lots of lush new foliage, followed by large clusters of flowers in early winter. The flowers themselves are quite unique, they are pendulous and scented and look like greeny-yellow bells that are filled with attractive red-purple stamens. After they fade large, fluffy seed heads develop, which can last for several months. Ideal for a sheltered courtyard garden or cool conservatory, where it is invaluable for creating interest during the darkest months of the year.
- 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 mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early autumn.
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Comments about Clematis napaulensis:
We heard about this wonderful winter clematis at a talk and couldn't wait to get it, it just settled the first winter but this year when all the leaves dropped off late summer we wondered what was happening. Checking it out we realised it was now dormant and didn't need water. We gave it manure in late October and waited. We now have a very healthy leafy clematis going along a large timber building in the garden at roof height bearing many buds. Can't wait to see it flower!!
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I am interested in planting a clematis napaulensis through a honeysuckle on a south facing vertical slatted fence, but I live up high in the Falkirk district in Stirlingshire. The position is slightly sheltered but will it survive the winter winds which are strong and the climate in general.Asked on 9/4/2014 by Daphne from United Kingdom
This unusual clematis is only frost hardy, so it would need winter protection against the cold, frosts and winds, but also I wouldn't recommend planting this grow up and into a honeysuckle,-a honeysuckle is too vigorous, and will strangle it. Hope this helps.Answered on 9/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
I'd like to know if you think the Clematis napaulensis or the x aromatica would do well in a container on a west faing wall? Also, I'm thinking of the Clemats Lansdowne Gem for a container on a south facing wall. If you think these are good ideas, is it too late to plant them this year?
ThanksAsked on 23/7/2013 by Tanty from Edinburgh
The C. napaulensis and C. x aromatica will both be fine in large pots provided they are kept well fed and watered. It is worth keeping in mind however that as the C. napaulensis looks pretty bare in spring and summer, it may not be the best choice. If you want something that provides interest in winterm then I would opt for either
Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Freckles
or Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica
both of which are smaller and better suited to a pot than
Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Lansdowne Gem
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-cirrhosa-var-purpurascens-lansdowne-gem/classid.2000012958/Answered on 24/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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
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