Dainty, lavender-blue flowers with recurved petals nod like little bells on this old-fashioned climber named for the horticulturist who discovered it in 1932. Vigorous and lightly fragrant, 'Betty Corning' blooms on new wood. Let your vine ramble through a shrub, such as dark-leaved Sambucus 'Black Lace'. Given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
For beautiful colors, extravagance of blooms, and graceful habit, nothing compares with Clematis, the queen of the flowering vines. Whether used on posts or fences, clambering through shrubs and trees, or following wire frames in borders, they will enrich the landscape. Give them good, reasonable moisture, and shade at their roots. For more information on growing Clematis, click on Growing Guide.