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Cracking NEW clematis 'Kokonoe'
Clematis 'Kokonoe' - Striking and long flowering too.
Dark and sumptuous flowers on a versatile plant.
Hello Peter We have some exciting news! We have now added to our collection this stunning new clematis. Kokonoe was short listed for the Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Competition 2020 and is the sister plant to Taiga which we introduced at Chelsea in 2018 to a delighted gardening public. We believe that Kokonoe will be as well received and we have some smashing plants ready for sale now! Our clematis 'Kokonoe' plants are grown in a 3 litre pot and about 2 years old, so not like the small 9cm plants or 2 litre imported plants you will buy elsewhere.
The flower of 'Kokonoe' first opens very dark with long narrow tepals, as the bloom matures more petaloids from the large central boss open out to make it a rosette like bloom of the darkest royal purple. Each flower head hangs out elegantly from the plant on a long slender stem, so is easily enjoyed whether growing on an obelisk or trellis or at the back of a garden border.
A striking plant for a feature pot on a nice simple support.
A cross between florida and integrifolia two very popular clematis species this clematis boasts a striking flower of the florida type clematis with it's flamboyant double heads on a long and dainty flower stem. It also has the prolific flowering nature of the integrifolia which bloom in great profusion through the summer months.
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Beautiful in a container because of her prolific nature
Pruning is best carried out in the mid spring each year, cutting all the stems down to around 12-18 inches from the soil, just above a new shoot. If you have the space, put the pot somewhere sheltered over the winter or into an unheated greenhouse to prevent it getting too wet. If you have her planted in the garden, offer some protection from the elements, with a couple of layers of horticultural fleece cloth pegged into place over the bottom two foot of the stems.
How about growing two together to create a stunning show stopper?
You could use clematis 'Sweet Scentsation' with it's small white flowers a beautiful contrast to the large purple of Kokonoe and it's wonderful fragrance is as attractive to insects and pollinators as it is to us. A long summer flowering period and simple to pruning means these two are a match made in heaven. Order yours now while stocks last!
The perfect companion to Kokonoe - 'Sweet Scentsation'
Aspect: Sun to Part Shade
Facing Aspect: South,East,West
Flowering Months: July - September
Average Flower Size (Inches): 1
Average Height (Feet): 9
Pruning: Hard in Feb/March (Group 3)
Soil Type: Moist but Good Drainage
Hardiness Zone: H6 - Hardy - Very Cold Winter (-20C to -15C)
Clematis 'Alionushka' - Hugely abundant and very prolific in flower. A really super scrambling clematis. Bred in the Crimea in 1961 by A.H. Volosenko-Valensis and M. A. Beskaravajnaja this clematis is a very hardy plant indeed, meaning that it is popular across the whole of Europe and very much at home in an English garden. 'Alionushka' is classified as part of the Diversifolia family of clematis, these have been crossed between a climbing clematis and integrifolia, meaning that the leaf petiol (leaf stem) does not cling or wrap around things like they do on most other clematis. Therefore 'Alionushka' and other Diversifolia scramble around unless they are given a support and are trained onto it, for example an obelisk. ‘Alionushka’ and other Diversifolia scramble around unless they are given a support and are trained onto it, for example an obelisk. Another attribute that you will notice is the almost herbaceous nature of ‘Alionushka’, where the new shoots com