Clematis urophylla 'Winter Beauty'
clematis (Group 1)
- 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: bronze-tinted evergreen leaves
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
The wax-like, creamy-white sepals, which surround a prominent boss of cream anthers, emerge from pale green buds and become paler, and more flared at their tips as they mature. These small, nodding, urn-shaped flowers contrast well with the rich green 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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Q:I'm a relatively novice gardener, but keen to try and get our NEW town/courtyard garden going. Have been looking at Clematis and many of them require "neutral soil". Can you please explain how I achieve this? Do I just need to add a good compost to the existing soil, or does it require a peat based compost? Would appreciate your advice asap as I'm keen to put in my order for plants. Many thanks.Asked on 4/17/2013 by SuzyQ from Deal, Kent
'Neutral' refers to the soils pH. It is possible to jiggle this a little, but I would strongly advise you to work with the soil you have and plant things that are suitable for that soil, rather than try to change it. If however you are determined, then you can create short-term changes by adding lime to make it more alkaline, or sulphur to make it more acidic.Answered on 4/17/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I need a evergreen plant to hide a fence. The fence is facing north east, it does gets morning and mid day sun, but the evening will be in shade.
I will also plant it with a star jasmine, which is evergreen.
D you think this clematis and star jasmine will work will? How long will it take to grow up to 7 feet tall?
AliciaAsked on 4/7/2013 by Catty from Guildford
If you have a reasonably sheltered garden and the fence is quite large, then I think this would be a wonderful combination as you will have flowers in both summer and winter. It is difficult to say how fast a plant will grow as this is largely determined by external factors such as the available water light and nutrients. As a very general guide though, I would say that the Clematis will reach 7' in around 2-3 years, while the star jasmine will take a little longer.Answered on 4/8/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:How do you protect a plant like this in the winter which your website says it needs. We live in North Yorkshire.
Can you recommend any other Evergreen clematis (smallish blue or white flowers) which would not need so much protection.Asked on 3/6/2013 by Aspiring garden designer! from Easingwold, York
Most of the evergreen climbers (apart from the really tough ones like ivy) need a little protection in winter. In most cases this will just mean you need to grow it against a south-facing wall and make sure the soil does not get too wet in winter. There are however some hardier types and these include the following.
Clematis Nunn's Gift
C. Fragrant Oberon
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/clematis-fragrant-oberon/classid.2000011099/Answered on 3/6/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:I live in so/central N.J. USA does this clematis winter beauty survive here what is the zone tolerance? & light requirements?Asked on 3/3/2013 by Lil from Toms River, N.J. USA
Unfortunately we do not ship to the US and I have very little knowledge of what will grow locally over there. Here in the UK however, it will flourish in sheltered gardens without protection in a sunny or lightly shaded position.Answered on 3/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:my plant is three years old healthy and flowering very well. It was pruned back severely each year due to excessive prolonged damage from -5 c temps. However this year since we have not this severe frost can I allow the plant to flower and die back naturally to form the seed head. In otherwords when is in fact the most ideal time to prune and how severe may I go? Do the leaves keep their lustre over the coming summer? as there seems to very slight evidence of die back or maybe it could be a touch of frost damage? Please advise a pure amateur but gardener in hthe bud! Creative best wishes alfreda mchaleAsked on 2/20/2013 by Anonymous from Leamington Spa
Yes, you can leave it to naturally flower and form seed heads. Clematis Winter Beauty is a group 1 clematis and as such does not require any routine pruning. If you do need to restrict the growth of the plant then the best time to prune is immediately after flowering. Cut back any over-long shoots to healthy buds. I would also advise applying a slow-release balanced fertiliser and a mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant in early spring just to give it an extra boost.
The leaves should keep their lustre over summer but please bear in mind this is the plants resting period so they may not be quite as beautiful as when flowering.
As this clematis is borderline hardy I would also advise keeping up your winter protection to keep the worst of the frost off.
I hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 2/27/2013 by Anonymous
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 3/12/2010 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 3/12/2010 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 12/31/2009 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 1/5/2010 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 11/3/2009 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 11/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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