When I take a walk through the nursery there are certain plants that jump out and grab my attention; the Clematis vine is one of those plants. And there are four varieties that really standout, they are: Bee’s Jubilee, Danielle, Starry Nights and Sweet Autumn.
Bee’s Jubilee can grow to be 8 to 12 feet in height, and features prolific flowers that are 6 to 8 inches in diameter, and are a soft pink with a deep red bar that goes down the center of each pedal, and prominent creamy yellow stamens.
Danielle features 6 to 8 inch blooms that are a brilliant violet-blue, with a striking reddish bar through the center of each pedal. Danielle can reach 5 to 7 feet in height at maturity.
Starry Nights is a stunner, reaching anywhere from 6 to 8 feet in height, with majestic 8 inch blooms that a brilliant purple-blue with red highlights.
Sweet Autumn Clematis can grow to be about 20 feet at maturity. This fast growing variety features masses of fragrant, showy white flowers that stand out against its dark green leaves. Differing from Bee's Jubilee, Danielle and Starry Nights, the Sweet Autumn Clematis blooms in late summer to fall.
Blooming in May-June, and again in September, Clematis thrive in areas with full to partial sun. It is important, however, to keep the roots and base of this vine completely shaded. Planting a perennial, like Echinacea or Coreopsis, just to name a couple, will not only add a dynamic look around the Clematis, but also provide the shade needed at the base. Adding mulch is also helpful. In addition to keeping the base of the plant cool and shaded, mulch helps the soil retain moisture. Clematis vines prefer to be grown in moist, well-drained, soil that is neutral or alkaline, so be sure to add lime if your soil is too acidic.
Perfect for use as a border plant, or as a climber on a fence or trellis, the large flowers make these clematis vines attractive to pollinators, and make them a focal point in any garden.