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New clematis for 2019

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Clematis Blue Musk. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis Blue Musk. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Varieties to be officially launched at Chelsea Flower Show

A top clematis breeder has unveiled four new varieties, which will be launched at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Thorncroft Clematis, which has 11 Chelsea gold medals to its name, has revealed the four, which can be ordered online now.

Clematis Blue Musk (Scented Clem)

Blue Musk has a strong almond scent, particularly good in the evening and early morning. It flowers on new growth of about 3m during April and early May which is before most large/open-flowered clematis come into bloom.

It is best grown in part sun/dappled shade and is ideal for growing up a pergola or on a patio.

Clematis Meghan. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis Meghan. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Clematis Meghan

Named in celebration of the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The summer blooms are dark red, produced in abundance from May-June and again from late July-September, on the current season’s growth.

At a maximum height of 5ft, Meghan is ideal for planting in a container or growing up an obelisk, as well as in the border or grown on a pergola.

Prune annually in February/March to maximise the flowering potential.

From the J van Zoest nursery in Holland:

Clematis Spotlight. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis Spotlight. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Clematis Spotlight

This variety carries its flowers all the way up the stems, bottom to top. The pale mauve-blue flowers have a hint of a white bar and an almost luminous quality.

Superb in sun or a slightly shady situation. Flowers May-June and August-September up to around 4-6 feet and can be pruned quite hard each spring.

Clematis Super Night. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis Super Night. Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Clematis Super Night

A viticella clematis, sister plant to Super Nova. Super Night is fully hardy, flowers from June-September, and is wilt free.

Growth of about 6-8 feet each year allows this natural climber to clothe arbours, arches or combine with a rose or another clematis, such as Sea Breeze.

All of these varieties cost £15 for a two-year-old plant. Numbers are limited, so order online at www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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