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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. ...
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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:
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
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.