Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie'

orange peel clematis (group 3)

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2 lt pot (60cm cane) £23.99
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Buy Clematis 'Bill MacKenzie' orange peel clematis (group 3): Unusual yellow bell-shaped flowers

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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 rich yellow, bell-shaped flowers from July to September and finely divided, mid-green leaves. One of the most popular varieties of late-flowering clematis, this variety is perfect for training over a wall, pergola or arch in full sun or partial shade. The large, silky seedheads provide interest into the winter months.

  • 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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Growing plants for a wedding Dear Crocus, I am a very happy customer ..... I love your site, plants and service. I learnt about you first from Arabella Lennox-Boyd. But now I am writing for some advice please. My sister is getting married in Oxfordshire on the last weekend of May. I would love to grow the flowers for the wedding. I have a big garden with empty beds and a green house at my disposal. Could you give me some advice on types of cut flowers that would be in bloom at the end of May? Some pointers as a place to start my research and buying would be fantastic. Thank you very much, Best wishes, Kate

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Thank you so much Helen - amazing! I'll send you photos of the finished results. Best wishes and thanks again, Kate

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Kate, It will be a little hit and miss as a lot will depend on the weather, but the following plants should be in flower around that time. Choisya ternata Osmanthus x burkwoodii Syringa Viburnum x carlcephalum Convallaria majalis Iris Paeonia Euphorbia palustris Aquilegia Ceanothus Skylark and if we have a hot start to the summer a couple of roses or some of the earlier lavenders may have started too. I hope this gives you lots of ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

Kate Olivia Higginbottom

Replacing old Roses Dear Sirs I am very interested in your roses. We moved into our new house in March which has a courtyard garden. There are some lovely roses that were planted 14 years ago but they have become very woody, and as it is a north facing garden, they have grown tall looking for light. If we were to dig some of them out is it true that you cannot plant a rose in the same place? It is such a small space that this would be very limiting. I love roses and was thrilled that we have so many here. I could try to cut them down, but again as some are "ramblers" I am not sure of the pruning disciplines. In Scotland we used to prune in March and cut back in November now I live in Surrey it is a very different climate. Please can you advise. Thank you Regards Caroline

caroline townsend

Hello Caroline, I'm afraid it is true that you cannot plant a new rose where an old one has been growing, although I have heard that you may get away with it if you first pot it up into a large cardboard box and then plant this into the ground. As for the pruning, it really depends on which types you have, but the techniques will not be any different from those you are used to up in Scotland. It is worth keeping in mind though that if there is not a lot of sun, then they won't flower well until they reach the sun. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Question about pruning roses Hello, Could you help me please. I am unsure about pruning a rose to an outward facing bud, what does this look like? Regards


Hello There, It literally means cutting the stems just above a bud (a little raised bit on the stem from where the new growth will emerge), that is facing away from the centre of the bush. The reason for this is that the resulting new shoot from the bud will grow outwards rather than in towards the centre. I wouldn't get too stressed though as new trials have shown that roses are very forgiving and are not too fussy about pruning techniques. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Can I use Rootgrow on established Roses? Can Rootgrow be usefully used on established roses? If not, please could you advise me as to what I should use on them at this time of year, to help next year's flowering? Sarah

Sarah Craig

Thankyou for your suggestion that I apply composted organic matter to my roses. I will do this. Sarah

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Sarah, Rootgrow should only really be used when you are first planting as it needs to come into contact with the roots. At this time of the year the best thing you can do for established roses is apply a generous layer of composted organic matter as a mulch. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Sarah Craig

Buds not opening on my Rose? Please can you tell me why the buds on my shrub rose are not opening this year? I have sprayed with Roseclear and fed it with a rose fertilizer. The Rose is 3 years old - I moved it last year from a very hot sandy front garden as it was suffering from black spot and aphids to a cooler position in my back garden. Could this be the problem? Your advice would be very much appreciated. Dolly

Dorothy Jackson

Hello Dolly, There is something called balling, where buds develop normally but they don't open and then turn brown. This is usually caused by too much rain and is worse in shadier locations. It can also be caused by lack of water or nutrients, or heavy infestations of aphids. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Ca I replant Roses? Dear Crocus, We want to plant Roses in a bed that used to have Roses, - we pulled up Roses as they were very old and failing. We have heard that you cannot grow new Roses where old ones have been. Is this true? Thanks Anna

Anna Buehring

Hello Anna, It is difficult to put new Roses in where old ones have been growing for any length of time as they suffer from something called Rose Sickness or Replant Disease. This is a bit of a mysterious disease, but it is thought to be caused by the roots of the old Roses secreting a toxic substance into the soil. While this doesn't affect the Roses that are growing there, it does have an adverse effect on any that you may want to add to the bed. The old advice was that if you want to re-plant with Roses, then you really should replace about 1 cubic metre of soil around the old plants. There is talk these days that if you plant the new Roses into cardboard boxes and then sink these into the ground, the roots will be protected until the cardboard starts to break down and the new Roses roots have had a chance to become established.

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What is wrong with my rose? Hello All my roses are doing well apart from one. It is called 'Felicity' and it has many small blooms on it but this year the heads, are opening not with the single centre of a normal rose, but with what looks like 5 or 6 small green buds inside the big bloom, and it is obvious that it will not be normal at all. Have you heard of this and what causes it? Thank you in anticipation Ruth

Ruth Foster

Hello Ruth, Sometimes roses can be affected by viruses. These are usually passed on by sap sucking insects and they can cause all sorts of mishapen growth. Occasionally though, just a bit of physical damage may cause odd growth. You have done the best thing by removing the damaged growth, so keep an eye on it and hopefully the second flush of flowers will be fine. If however it continues, then you may need to replace it. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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When will the yellow rose be back in stock? When I looked on your website about one month ago you had a yellow rose on your website. I can't remember the name of it but I don't seem to be able to find it on your website any longer. Are you able to help?

Cecilia Winter

Roses are traditionally planted while they are dormant (from mid to late autumn to late winter or early spring), so we tend to have lots in stock from mid November. Some of the more popular types tend to sell out through the summer and this is when the supplies get a bit low. Therefore if it is not currently available I would keep an eye on our web site for updates re availability in the autumn.


When will the roses be available? I saw a rose in your catalogue earlier in the year but I've just looked at your site and couldn't see it. When will it be available for order?


The majority of the roses we sell start coming in in the autumn. The exact timing will depend on the weather, as they are lifted from the field, but they are usually available from mid November onwards.


Can I plant Roses now? Not being the greatest gardener, but loving gardens at same time, is this now a good time to plant roses in my garden please?

Mary Jas

Autumn and spring is the ideal time to plant roses, however you can plant the container grown ones at any time as long as the ground isn't frozen in winter, or if planting in summer, they get plenty of water throughout the hot weather.


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