As well as the hottest new introductions, we also bring you the best of the old favorites. Clematis recta 'Purpurea,' a nonclimbing Clematis, has sultry purple new leaves that green slightly as the season progresses and fragrant white flowers. Let it mingle with shrubs and stout perennials or tumble down a bank or low wall.
For beautiful colors, extravagance of blooms, and graceful habit, nothing compares with Clematis, the queen of the flowering vines. Whether growing on posts or fences, clambering through shrubs and trees, or following wire frames in borders, they will enrich the landscape. Give them good soil, reasonable moisture, and shade at their roots.
For information on the growing and care of Clematis, click 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.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Dogkisser from Vermont
I planted this as an accent in a perennial border. The plant was beautiful and healthy when I got it, but it did not survive the second Zone 4 winter here. It's getting warmer here, might try again.
CULTURE: Full sun or partial shade (afternoon shade is required in the South). Evenly moist but well-drained garden soil.
Rather than climbing straight up, these Clematis have a more upright, clump-forming habit. You may wish to provide support by pushing twiggy branches into the soil near the crown of the plant in early spring or placing grow-through supports (such as available for Peonies) around the crown. You may prefer to allow the plants to ramble onto neighboring plants or along the ground or stone walls.
Prune back to 6–12″ stems in very early spring cutting just above a pair of healthy buds (plants that are pruned hard will generally bloom later but more profusely than those allowed to grow unchecked). Fertilize once, in early spring, with an all-purpose fertilizer or a time-released variety. Like their climbing relatives, these Clematis want a cool root run, so plant lower-growing plants to shade their roots rather than mulching heavily.