Clematis for all Seasons


With more than 250 full color photos and an A-Z directory detailing more than 340 varieties, Clematis for All Seasons is the essential guide to this favorite garden climber. Colorful and a pleasure to read, the book is organized by group, color location and season. ...

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With more than 250 full color photos and an A-Z directory detailing more than 340 varieties, Clematis for All Seasons is the essential guide to this favorite garden climber. Colorful and a pleasure to read, the book is organized by group, color location and season. Clematis for All Seasons includes:

  • separate chapters on color and unusual varieties
  • origins of clematis and species worldwide
  • how to identify varieties
  • how to choose plants for location and climate
  • how to combine clematis with other plants in a garden design
  • Zone Chart

The techniques section includes information on planting, supporting, pruning, propagation, feeding, watering, pests and diseases.

Gardeners will find Clematis for All Seasons an especially useful guide to this widely loved blooming climber

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Editorial Reviews

London Free Press - Ken Smith
A must-read for all the fans of the Queen of Flowers. Included in this beautifully illustrated text are indispensable tips on cultivation, the art of combining and co-ordinating clematis with other garden plants, and advice on how and where to plant them.
Edmonton Sun - Brenda Ruzycki
I absolutely loved it... a colorful and stunning book... a book well worth investing in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552092835
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Feltwell trained in botany and zoology at London University. He has written more than 30 books on gardening, ecology and conservation, including Geraniums and Pelargoniums (Firefly, 2001), A Creative Step-by-Step Guide to Climbers and Trellis Plants, Spectacular Hanging Baskets, Live Oak Splendor, and Gardens along the Mississippi. A successful photographer of plants, he also runs Garden Matters Photo Library.

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What Clematis Where?
(from the Introduction to Clematis section of Clematis for all Seasons)

Clematis is one of the most versatile groups of plants and examples can be found for almost all parts of the garden, whether on a warm or cold wall.

Clematis are best shown off against a wall or growing up a tree trunk or old stump. Most are climbers and various types can be selected for full sun, dappled light or full shade. For evergreen foliage try any of the scented C. armandii hybrids. Then there are the herbaceous types, which are perennials that die down over winter, and these can be used to give bulk to herbaceous borders, to flop over paths or to grow through other perennials as the years develops.

Many clematis are vigorous, but there are some dwarf forms of C. orientalis, for instance, that can be usefully employed in hanging baskets. And the alpine clematis from New Zealand are often well set off in containers. The vigor of clematis means that they are great performers over trellis, pergolas or arbors. The great joy of gardening with clematis is that the vast majority can be grown through, up or entangled with a fellow garden plant. The reward for all this apparently wayward growth is a riot of fat buds that emerge from an unlikely alliance to show a spectacular display of flowers. The wild nature of clematis often wins through.

There are also plenty of cultivars that are not vigorous and that, however cajoled, never produce more growth or flowers than previous years. There are even those that won't produce any flowers at all in some years. For the pleasure of seeing some clematis with a superabundance of flowers, there are always a few that never go anywhere. Hybridization has perhaps left the vigor gene well behind. Clematis do well with roses, and many of the new hybrids are the right height and have the correct temperament to grow inside a rose bush or pillar and to merge successfully after a few months.

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Table of Contents


Introduction to Clematis
- Foreword
- Clematis in their habitat
- Breeding
- What clematis where?
- Clematis flower forms
- Unusual clematis
- Seed heads

Clematis by Group and Season
- Alpina
- Macropetala
- Montana
- Early hybrids
- Late species and hybrids
- Large-flowered hybrids
- Viticella
- Texensis
- Orientalis and Tangutica
- Herbaceous clematis
- New Zealand clematis
- Polish clematis

Clematis by Color
- Introduction to color
- White to cream
- Cream to yellow
- Pale to mid-pink
- Mid- to deep pink
- Deep pink to red
- Maroon to purple
- Purple
- Lilac to Lavender
- Lavender to light blue
- Purple to deep blue
- Dark foliage and flowers
- Candy-striped clematis

Clematis for the Place
- Walls
- Pillars and posts
- Containers
- Clematis with roses
- Clematis with other plants

Growing Clematis
- Planting
- Fertilizing and watering
- Supports
- Pruning
- Propagation
- Pests
- Diseases

Clematis A-Z
- Clematis structure, buying clematis
- Notes on photography, nomenclature
- Index
- Acknowledgements
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