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New clematis for 2019

Clematis SUGAR SWEET™ Blue (Scented Clem). Picture; Thorncroft Clematis
Clematis SUGAR SWEET™ Blue (Scented Clem). Picture; Thorncroft Clematis

Varieties officially launched at Chelsea Flower Show

A top plant breeder has unveiled four new clematis varieties, which were 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.

Sugar Sweet™ Blue (Scented Clem)

This is an extremely exciting new variety because it has a strong almond scent, which is particularly
good in the evening and early morning and it is also wilt free.

Bred by renowned plant hunter, collector and breeder, Ton Hannink of The Netherlands, Sugar Sweet™ Blue flowers on new growth during April and early May. This is before most large/open flowered varieties come into bloom. It is best grown in part sun or 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 after the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was bred and introduced by New Leaf Plants, now available to buy from Thorncroft Clematis.

Dark flowers are produced in abundance in May-June and again from late July-September. Growing up to 5ft, Meghan is ideal for planting in a container. Prune in February/March to maximise the flowering potential.

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

From the J van Zoest Nursery in Holland:

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. The plants flower in May and June and again in August and September. They reach a height of 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 type, a sister plant to Super Nova. Super Night is fully hardy, flowers from June-September, and is wilt free. The 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.

Two-year-old plants are available, check the website for current prices. Order online at www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk.

Post updated June 2022

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