A gorgeous sight when covered in pure white, lightly fragrant flowers in late summer, Sweet Autumn Clematis becomes a silvery mass of fluffy seed heads in the fall. We're particularly fond of the established plant that grows on an old stone wellhead at the nursery (shown in photo) that's over 10 years old. But this prolific, small-flowered species will look equally impressive covering an upscale arbor or embellishing a utilitarian fence or garden shed. Pruning group 3.
This hardy climber is a rampant grower that can reach to 30′, but can easily be kept in check by cutting stems back to 12″ in spring. It blooms on the current year's growth, and unlike many Clematis, it will thrive and bloom well in partial shade. Plants are unlikely to bloom the first year, but expect them to begin blooming the second year.
For more information about Clematis, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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R. Jonathan from Binghamton, NY
Craves aggressive spring cutback about a foot from the ground. Blooms early fall when everything else is looking dull this one takes center stage. Grows rapidly from cut back, needs delicate trellis to give tendrils a foothold. Provides lots of privacy and heady fragrance when in full bloom.
BILL.I.AM from Arlington, VA
This vine holds fond, fragrant memories from childhood, before it became a major pest here. It is choking woodland and riparian areas along with porcelain berry, English Ivy etc. It should not be planted. No fragrance or fleeting beauty is worth degrading our natural landscapes and smothering the food plants our birds and butterflies need!
Marge from Evanston, IL
We purchased a Sweet Autumn Clematis 17 years ago with a gift certificate from WFF that was a wedding gift. We've had to move the original plant several times to accommodate repairs and construction. I planted it in its 4th location just yesterday, and expect it will be just as happy in its new home as in the previous ones. We've grown it in part sun-part shade on a fence around the deck, on lattice beside the deck to create a sense of privacy, and in a resting spot in a dormant veggie garden. Once it gets going, it's relatively care-free. If you wish to direct where it grows, it requires some training by weaving or tying. Its vines are fast-growing, its flowers are prolific. After several years, think big poufy 1950s bouffant hairdo draped with lace. It has survived large dogs and high winds. Ours is fertile and self-seeds. We have planted its offspring in other places in our yard, have given them away, and tossed them away as weeds. Some offspring have differently-shaped leaves than parent plant. New shoots just out of the ground can break off easily, so handle with care until stems become tougher. It attracts bees.
Evesongbird from Oneonta, Al.
From early spring, it provides a privacy screen as I live right near a street. I let it climb up the trellis, up the pole and up on the roof and also along the flower bed floor. People are amazed. I have to spray about 3-4 times a season for bugs as it will die otherwise, but it is well worth that!!! Amazing plant! I use it in 4 different places. Going to train it on a huge cross next year for our Lord.
Latin Name Pronunciation: klem'uh-tis
This very diverse group of lovely, ornamental vines will entice you to garden on the vertical plane. There's a Clematis for virtually every situation: grow the shorter and non-climbing types through shrub Roses and small trees and cover an arbor or a trellis with the taller varieties. The long flowering season begins with the compact alpinas and macropetalas in early spring, progresses through early summer with the large-flowered hybrids, continues through late summer with the boisterous texensis and viticella varieties, and concludes with the exuberant and infallible Clematis paniculata that will literally cover an unsightly structure or arbor in one season.
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Clematis are divided into pruning groups as follows:
Group I plants bloom on old wood and require no pruning except to control size, in which case prune lightly after flowering back to a pair of healthy buds. Group I varieties include Clematis alpina 'Stolwijk Gold' and Clematis montana 'Mayleen.'
Group II plants bloom first on old wood and then again on new; prune lightly in early spring to shape and remove weak growth and then prune after bloom if desired.
Group II varieties include:
Group III plants all flower on new growth and can be cut back to 12″ in early spring. This group is ideal for growing through shrubs as all old growth is removed annually.
Group III varieties include:
End of Season Care:
Calendar of Care