Clematis Arctic QueenTM Evitwo(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

An outstanding double flowered cultivar with an exceptional long flowering period. The double and later in the season the semi-double flowers are produced on both new and previous seasons stems. Not a large flower, so can be grown in a slightly exposed site. If grown on a north facing position the early flowers will have green outer sepals. Best grown through a wall trained evergreen shrub in an unexposed location.

Good things

Its creamy white flowers go well with all other colours, a good container grown plant.

Bad things

Will rest a little in the heat of the summer and is deciduous. Cultivation Prune end of winter, very early spring by removing ⅓ of all top growth. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and spread

2.5m x 1m (8ft x 3ft)

Flowering period

Flowers late spring until early autumn.

Clematis AlainaTM Evipo056(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Launched at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show, a good deep creamy pink which fades a little as the single flower matures, giving a range of pink shades throughout the plant. The six, sometimes slightly twisted, broad tipped sepals contrast well with the yellow centre. Flowers are borne in great profusion over a long period.

Excellent as a container grown plant or growing with other free standing or wall trained shrubs.

Good things

Good in any aspect, will brighten up a north facing wall.

Bad things

The flowers fade a little but this is almost an advantage, as different shades of pink are then achieved.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and spread

1m – 1.2m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft) Flowering period Early summer to early autumn. Grow with All colours. Looks stunning with grey foliage and blue flowers.

Clematis CezanneTM Evipo023(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A very strong growing, compact clematis which has been especially bred for growing in containers and for the smaller gardens, a great patio plant. Suitable for any aspect and ideal for brightening up a shaded position due to its attractive sky blue single flowers, which have yellow anthers. A long flowering plant which was launched at the 2005 Chelsea Flower Show and has a proven track record.

Good things

Almost a perfect plant.

Bad things

None, great value for money.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1m – 1.2m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to early autumn and repeat flowering.

Grow With

All colours, looks stunning with purple, grey or variegated foliage.

Clematis ChelseaTM Evipo100(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Launched at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show, a most desirable plant for a balcony, very small garden or for growing in a container. This very, very pale powdery blue clematis has creamy yellow anthers and is extremely compact in its habit. A fully rounded flower produced on short stems.

Good things

One of the best clematis for small areas.

Bad things

Would fade to off white in full sun.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15cm (6 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

75cm x 60cm (2.5ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early to mid-summer and late summer to early autumn

Grow With

Any brightly coloured flowers or at the front of a border with grey foliaged or pastel coloured annuals.

Clematis Crystal FountainTM Evipo038(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

An exceptional container grown plant due to its compact habit, ideal for the small garden with amazing double flowers which are blue /mauve with a spiky central tuft of pale /blue white stamen like sepals.

Good things

Associates well with pink, white, mauve or dark blue flowers.

Bad things

Does not produce seed heads and is deciduous.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, very early spring by removing ⅓ of all top growth. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and Spread

1.5m x 2m (5ft x 6.5ft)

Flowering Period

Late spring to early summer and late summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Grey or purple foliaged wall trained shrubs or in a container.

Clematis Diana’s DelightTM Evipo026(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A special and unusual blue colouring with a creamy yellow centre. Each sepal has light and dark tones, especially towards the centre of the flower. This quite stunning clematis was launched at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show and is named after Lady Rowland, who has been involved with the preparation of Raymond Evisons’ last four books on clematis. Ideal for the smaller garden or growing in containers.

Good things

Its repeat flowering into the autumn and suitable for any locations.

Bad things

None that come to mind.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1-1.20m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early to mid-summer and late summer to late autumn

Grow With

Any plants with pastel coloured flowers or with white or grey foliage.

Clematis FleuriTM Evipo042(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Very dramatic single velvety flowers, which have deep purple red sepals and with a red central bar and stunning creamy white anthers with a purple base. Needs a light background to show up these dark flowers, suitable for a sunny aspect. Good strong deep green foliage and ideal plant for the small town garden and for growing in a container. Has a very uniform habit, the flowers do not fade and are at their darkest in full sun.

Good things

Will grow well in sun and looks fantastic with yellow or grey foliage.

Bad things

Not ideal for shade, or north facing area due to deep flower colour.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1m – 1.2m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Light foliaged hosts and pale flowers, ideal with silver or golden variegated plants.

Clematis Ice BlueTM Evipo003(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Extremely free flowering large flowered single clematis, launched at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show it has a much proven track record of success. The early season 15-20cm (6-8in) flowers are white, suffused with very pale blue, with a yellow centre. Very useful for brightening up a north facing wall, growing on an obelisk in a border or for growing in a container.

Good things

An ideal flower to be used as a cut flower due to its strong flower stems.

Bad things

The very pale blue tones fade out in strong sunshine.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

2m x 1m (6ft x 3ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Red climbing or wall trained roses or with Garry elliptica on a north facing wall.

Clematis JosephineTM Evijohill(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Probably the most dramatic double flowered clematis due to its flowers shape and appearance, the length of flowering and the number of flowers it produces, even in a hot summer. Always produces fully double flowers, the early ones are almost bronze tinged with green and a darker bar. In midsummer the colour becomes lilac with a darker bar. As the new sepals open they give the flower a pom-pom effect.

Good things

Ideal for the garden or a container.

Bad things

Does not produce seed heads and is best if not grown in a north facing location.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, very early spring by removing ⅓ of all top growth. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and Spread

2.5m x 1m (8ft x 3ft)

Flowering Period

Late spring/early summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Grey or purple foliaged wall trained shrubs or in a container.

Clematis KingfisherTM Evipo037(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Outstanding free flowering large single flowered blue clematis. Its bright blue colour requires a light background to show it off to best advantage. Very useful for growing in a container, through grey foliaged hosts or on an obelisk in a border. The overlapping broad sepals contrast well with a deep creamy centre. Does not fade in strong sunlight, ideal for any location.

Good things

A very versatile plant for the smaller garden.

Bad things

Needs a light background to show off the dark flowers.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

2m – 2.5m x 1m (6-8ft x 3ft)

Flowering Period

Late spring to early summer and late summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Red or cream roses or grey foliaged hosts, looks good with pale blue ceanothus.

Clematis Ooh La LaTM Evipo041(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A bright fun clematis which is ideal for a shaded location in the garden. A compact very free flowering plant with dusky prink stripped sepals and a contrasting red centre. The somewhat wavy and pointed eight sepals provide medium sized flowers which are produced in great abundance. A must for the smaller garden or for growing in a shaded patio area. Repeat flowering habit.

Good things

Good for brightening up a north facing location.

Bad things

Will fade in direct sun.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and Spread

1-1.20m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early to mid-summer and late summer to early autumn

Grow With

Grey foliaged hosts, or blue flowered plants.

Clematis ParisienneTM Evipo019(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A somewhat typical blue flowered clematis with a red centre, but its sheer flower power in the volume of flowers it produces puts this plant far ahead of others. A very valuable plant for the small town garden or for growing in a container. The pale violet blue flowers have wavy overlapping sepals and attractive red anthers. A marvellous repeat flowering plant that is hardly ever out of flower during the summer.

Good things

One of the best container plants.

Bad things

Not the most outstanding flower colour but this is overcome by the quantity of flowers it produces. Cultivation Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and Spread

1-1.2m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Yellow, orange or purple flowered hosts or with grey or purple foliage.

Clematis RebeccaTM Evipo016(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

The most outstanding red large flowered single clematis and a truly best selling variety due to its flower colour and performance as a garden plant. Named after Raymond Evisons’s oldest daughter, Rebecca, it was launched at the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show. Suitable for any aspect and especially good in a sunny location. Although the flowers are large it is still a very free flowering plant.

Good things

Ideal in the garden or growing in a container.

Bad things

Due to the large flowers best grown in some shelter from strong winds.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

2m – 2.5m x 1m (6-8ft x 3ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to early autumn.

Grow With

Plant with creams, pale yellow foliaged hosts or cream roses. Use cream and yellow flowering annuals as under planting when grown in a container.

Clematis ReflectionsTM Evipo035(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A new type of very free flowering clematis with large flowers, making it ideal for growing with roses. This semi-double flowering very pretty clematis looks well with dark conifers or dark foliaged hosts. The flowers open lilac-blue and mature to a pale lilac blue with contrasting red anthers. Its later flowers are smaller than the early summer flowers but are equally attractive.

Good things

Just brilliant with red or pink flowered climbing roses.

Bad things

Will fade in strong sunshine.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1.20-1.8m x 60cm (4-6ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to late summer.

Grow With

Roses and up the base of archways or pergolas.

Clematis Samaritan JoTM Evipo075(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Named to celebrate the work of the Samaritan Volunteers and launched at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show. A clematis with a distinctly different flower and flowering habit. The six or more pointed sepals on each flower have a silvery pink central part and light purple margins. The yellow central anthers stand on a purple base and have the occasional small sepal around them, making the flower very distinct.

Good things

Ideal for small gardens or container growing.

Bad things

Will fade in direct sun.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser.

Height and Spread

1.20-1.5m x 60cm (4-5ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Late spring until early autumn.

Grow With

Would blend well with grey foliage and can be grown up into the base of roses, or on tripods in a mixed border.

Clematis Amethyst BeautyTM Evipo043(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

Another of the new type of large flowered summer flowering clematis which flowers from 60cm (2ft) of soil level. Ideal for shrubs or for growing with roses. The deep velvet 15cm (6in) flowers, which occasionally have green tips to the sepals, mature to a purple blue with red anthers. The deep coloured flowers need a light background to show them to their best advantage, a truly rewarding plant for the summer garden.

Good things

Great at the base of archways, pergolas and with light yellow or cream roses.

Bad things

Not suitable for shady areas due to the flower colour.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1.20-1.8m x 60cm (4-6ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early summer to late summer.

Grow With

Pale blues, cream or pink flowered hosts or through grey foliaged flat spreading conifers.

Clematis ZaraTM Evipo062(N)

Words & Pictures: Raymond Evison OBE VMH

A most delightful bright pale blue with a contracting yellow centre. When launched at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show this plant stood out amongst the others. A very free blooming, compact plant which is ideal for the smaller town garden or for growing in a container. The six broad sepals give the flower a full rounded appearance.

Good things

A good bright colour to brighten up a north facing location.

Bad things

Would fade in direct sun.

Cultivation

Prune end of winter, early spring by cutting all stems down to 15-23cm (6-9 inches) above soil level. Feed with rose or tomato fertilizer.

Height and Spread

1-1.2m x 60cm (3-4ft x 2ft)

Flowering Period

Early to mid-summer and late summer to autumn.

Grow With

Any colours, ideal for growing with deep purple or grey foliaged hosts.