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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 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 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 which is before most
large/open flowered clematis 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 in celebration of the royal wedding, Meghan was bred and introduced by New Leaf Plants in very limited numbers, 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 ideal for planting in a container.

Prune 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.

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.

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.

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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