The ramblings of a clematis grower.
News and events information and some promotional content too.
Plant of the Moment - Remarkable Remembrance
Clematis 'Remembrance' - Vibrant and prolific. A superb plant for any garden.
Celebrating 100 years of Remembrance.
This year we celebrate 100 years of the act of Remembrance. For any
readers who are not aware, this is a commemorative day of reflection
followed by countries within the British Commonwealth to honour their
armed forces members who died in action.
Because of the diversity of the Commonwealth nations the act of
Remembrance is practiced in many different ways, however the Poppy is
it's one defining symbol and is recognised throughout each of the
nations. To discover more about Remembrance visit the Royal British
The clematis 'Remembrance' was named as such so that people could plant
this wonderful climber as a symbol of remembrance for their loved ones,
read on to find out more about the plant and it's origins.
Dainty looking with a beautifully textured surface, yet very hardy and tough.
The flowers of Remembrance are more of a
deep raspberry pink than red and are deeply textured with veins and a
crimped margin to each tepal. The centre is of contrasting bright yellow
anthers on cream filaments which makes for a delightful bright bloom
that shines out even in a shady garden.
Plant in pairs for a fast impact and a really striking feature in your garden.
‘Remembrance’ photographed at the Royal Horticultural Society trials grounds
The plant was first first discovered in 2001
as a sport growing in a batch of clematis Comtesse de Bouchaud, the
discovery being made by the late Peter Hoddinott at Newleaf Plants
in Worcestershire UK. The naming came about thanks to a Newleaf nursery
staff member who had recently lost a relative and felt there was not an
appropriately named clematis to remember, and so it was named
First introduction was in 2007 and since we have added the plant to our
collection we have seen a steady increase in the number of plants sold.
Now considered a staple in our range, we will look further now into why
it is such a popular plant for the garden.
‘Remembrance’ photographed at the Royal Horticultural
Society trials grounds. Two plants grown on one support make a wonderful
display very quickly.
As you will see above, one of the main
attractions of clematis "Remembrance' is it's incredibly prolific
nature. The plant produces around 6-8 feet of growth each year and
flowers very freely from early July through to September without the
need for much care or attention.
It clings freely to supports of all types and is as happy with a
companion plant like roses and honeysuckle as it is on it's own on an
obelisk or arch. You can grow Remembrance successfully in a large
container so long as it is provided with a stable support and so long
as the container offers a good volume of compost, to prevent it drying
out during the summer.
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 like to tidy the garden for winter, you can prune it back
to around 3 feet in the late autumn once it is dormant to tidy it up but
avoid cutting it too short particularly in harsher climates.
While undoubtedly a beautiful plant please be aware plants purchased now
are going into dormancy, but planting now is perfect to get a really
nice display next summer. *Until 14th Nov 2021 only - Buy 2 for £12 each.
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
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. Read More Here A beautiful double flower head 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