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.
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:
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
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.