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Going a Little Crazy With Clematis

Clematis and other stars of a Chicago garden

Today’s photos come from Judy McCurdy in the western suburbs of Chicago, Zone 5.

I have always enjoyed the beautiful garden photos you’ve posted throughout the years, so I thought I’d share a few of mine before we move. As you can see from the following photos, I’ve gone a little crazy with the clematis! There are so many varieties that I want to try them all!

Incrediball hydrangeaMy front garden with Incrediball hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’, Zones 3–8). Incrediball is an improved version of the classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, with stronger stems that don’t flop). This garden also includes Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ (Zones 3–8), and Hydrangea serrata ‘Blue Billow’ (Zones 5–9). Read more about this species of hydrangea here.

Clematis ‘Rosemoor’Clematis ‘Rosemoor’ (Zones 5–9)

Clematis ‘Bourbon’Clematis ‘Bourbon’ (Zones 5–9) adorns the lamppost.

Helleborus ‘Sparkling Diamond’Helleborus ‘Sparkling Diamond’ (Zones 4–9) under the pine tree is the perfect solution for dry shade!

Welcome to my backyard with its profusion of hydrangeas, lilies, daylilies, sedum, and leucanthemum!

Iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’That same bed has Iris ‘Caesar’s Brother’ (Zones 3–9) and peonies blooming earlier in the spring.

Clematis ‘Jackmanii’Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ (Zones 4–8) putting on a show.

Clematis ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’Clematis ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’ (Zones 5–9) in my moon garden.

Clematis paniculataClematis paniculata (Zones 4–8) is a late summer beauty.

Monarda ‘Grand Mum’Monarda ‘Grand Mum’ (Zones 3–9) is lovely in front of a border.

Hemerocallis ‘Lady Elizabeth’Last, but certainly not least, Hemerocallis ‘Lady Elizabeth’ (Zones 4–9) with a visitor.

I’ll miss this garden when we move, but I’m looking forward to the challenges of my next garden in sandy soil!


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    simplesue 05/26/2020

    You sure have a green thumb growing Clematis, they are so perfect looking! What is your secret!? Mine are finally growing but don't look like yours! Wow! Super nice!

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    treasuresmom 05/26/2020

    Oh my word!! I have total clematis envy with that ‘Bourbon’ and ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’ !

  3. Dusanka 05/26/2020

    I luv it. I never seem to get that many blooms from mine. Enjoy!

  4. btucker9675 05/26/2020

    Love all of the beautiful colors in your garden and your gorgeous clematis!

  5. sheila_schultz 05/26/2020

    Judy, you do have the magic touch when it comes to clematis, they are stunning! I'm also enchanted with your 'Grand Mum' monarda. It is perfect for border spots. Lovely gardens, lucky new homeowners!!!
    Your mention of moving to a sand based soil made me wonder if you are moving to AZ?

  6. carolineyoungwilliams 05/26/2020

    Judy, I absolutely love what you've done with your yard. Your Clematis are beautiful but it's your backyard that got my attention. I really love your plant choices and colors. They are so lush and beautiful. You got me thinking about adding more Hydrangeas to my backyard. Thank you so much for sharing. May your move be Blessed.

  7. janeeliz 05/26/2020

    Your clematis are absolutely stunning-not an easy task to achieve! I love them ,too, but consider them one of the garden's biggest challenges. In spite of all the challenges, several of my clematis- adoring friends and I have what we loosely call 'Clematis Anonymous'. We meet weekly...and don't forget to bring pictures!! Good luck creating your next garden...always the favorite!

  8. user-5117752 05/27/2020

    Horrors! You actually are leaving this beautiful garden for "sandy soil"?!!! I've never seen such luscious clematis nor the variety in one garden! You've got the magic touch! It certainly will be fascinating to see what you do with, well, "sandy soil"! Best wishes to you!!!

  9. Cenepk10 05/27/2020


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