- RHS: Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Partial Shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Flowering Period: April / May
- Growth Rate: Average
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Eventual Height: 2.5 metres
- Eventual Spread: 1.5 metres
Clematis Macropetala holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit is an early flowering, robust, deciduous climber, with its green leaves attractively divided into leaflets with sharply serrated edges. From April masses of deep-blue, nodding, bell shaped flowers with creamy centres flourish, these are followed by fluffy, silvery seed-heads lasting well into the Autumn, Clematis Macropetala is a variety of Clematis which often flowers a second time towards the Autumn, and can often be see grown as a ground cover plant or twining through other plants within the border, as a climber it can provide wonderful back ground colour when grown against a trellis/fence or wall, providing interest through-out the Summer months.
Looking After Your Clematis Macropetala
Clematis Macropetal has to be one of the lowest of maintenance garden climbers seen growing in our gardens, suitable in many if not all locations from the informal cottage planting scheme to the town garden, a very hardy plant needing very little if any pruning, usually for the removal of any damaged parts and dead flower heads only. The roots of the clematis however do need to be kept cool and shaded throughout the Summer, this can be achieved by either planting within the shrub border using other shrubs to provide shade around the base or using a layer of gravel or ornamental bark. Apply a good quality multi-purpose fertiliser in early Spring to promote strong, healthy new growth during the coming season.