Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
clematis (group 3)
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Spring is an excellent time to plant a viticella clematis, such as ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’. It will have a chance to put its feet down and flower by late July. Climbers take up little ground room and viticellas, bred from a Spanish species, are drought tolerant and easy to prune. Just cut them back hard now. They flower on new wood. 'Etoile Violette’, 'Polish Spirit’, ‘Romantika’, and 'Dark Eyes’ are all excellent viticellas
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained, neutral soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Masses of sumptuous, double, reddish-purple flowers from mid-summer to late autumn. This vigorous, late flowering clematis makes an excellent partner for a climbing rose, shrub or tree in full sun or part shade. An old variety introduced in the 16th century it's resistant to clematis wilt and copes well with moderate wind.
- Garden care: In early spring cut back the previous year's stems to a pair of strong buds about 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground-level and apply a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the plant, avoiding the immediate crown.
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Hello again, Since we have been using your web site and getting our plants and shrubs from you we have to say, that although it is a bit of a treck for us to get to you, it has always been well worth the trip. I have another project to do now and that is to completely overhaul the lawn. It's 120 sq mtrs and has developed brown patches and has not grown much this summer. I intend to give it a good scarifying , aerate it properly, give it a good feed then completely re-seed it. Can I put lawn sand on top of the seed to protect it from the birds, as we have 2 pigeons and blackbirds who visit our bird table. I had a lot of conifers in the garden which I have had removed stumps and all, - I think they were taking a lot of moisture out of the grass. Do you think I am going about the refurb.of the lawn in the right way. Yours TomAsked on 30/9/2009 by Anonymous
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