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Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 78: Best Clematis

There’s more to these vines than just big blooms

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

Truth be told, Steve and Danielle don’t grow many clematis. But over their many, many years at Fine Gardening, they’ve researched and written a lot about this genus. In doing so, they’ve formed strong opinions about the species and cultivars that are truly top-notch. Their picks may not include the huge, in-your-face star-flower-types folks first think of when they hear “clematis.” Instead, our podcasting duo offers insight into selections that have unique habits or interesting flower colors and shapes. By the end of this episode you’ll come away wanting to try at least one of these gorgeous vines and wondering why you haven’t planted them before.

 

Expert testimony: Dan Long is the owner of Brushwood Nursery, which specializes in vines and climbers in Athens, Georgia.

 

 

 

DANIELLE’S PLANTS

‘Princess Diana’ clematis (Clematis ‘Princess Diana’, Zones 4–8)

Blue Angel clematis (C. ‘Blekitny Aniol’, Zones 4–9)

Harlow Carr™ clematis (C. ‘Evipo004’, Zones 4–9)

Bush clematis (C. recta, Zones 3–9)

Princess Diana
‘Princess Diana’ clematis

 

Harlow Carr
Harlow Carr™ clematis

 

Blue Angel clematis
Blue Angel clematis

 

Bush cleamtis
Bush clematis

 

STEVE’S PLANTS

‘Betty Corning’ clematis (Clematis ‘Betty Corning’, Zones 3–9)

Pitcher’s clematis (Clematis pitcheri, Zones 4–9)

‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ clematis (Clematis ‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’, Zones 3–11)

‘Bill Mackenzie’ clematis (Clematis ‘Bill Mackenzie’, Zones 4–9)

Clematis 'betty corning'
‘Betty Corning’ clematis

 

clematis pitcheri
Pitcher’s clematis

 

Purpurea Plena Elegans
‘Purpurea Plena Elegans’ clematis. Photo: Edith Malek

 

clematis bill mackenzie
‘Bill Mackenzie’ clematis

 

EXPERT’S PLANTS

‘Arabella’ clematis (C. ‘Arabella’, Zones 4–9)

Cadmia clematis (C. cadmia, Zones 4–9)

‘Liberty’ clematis (C. ‘Liberty’, Zones 4–9)

‘Madame Julia Correvon’ clematis (C. viticella ‘Madame Julia Correvon’, Zones 4–9)

‘Mayleen’ clematis (C. montana var. rubens ‘Mayleen’, Zones 6–9)

 

Expert picks


Expert testimony: Dan Long is the owner of Brushwood Nursery in Athens, Georgia, which specializes in vines and climbers.

clematis montana mayleen
‘Mayleen’ clematis

 

clematis madame julia correvon
‘Madame Julia Correvon’ clematis

 

Clematis liberty
‘Liberty’ clematis

 

Clematis cadmia
Cadmia clematis

 

Clematis arabella
‘Arabella’ clematis

 

 

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  1. Maggieat11 01/12/2021

    Loved this. Thank you!

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