Clematis win a place in the heart of every gardener for their breathtaking flower displays as they scramble becomingly up fences and over trellises. Most varieties are very well-behaved and just need a little tucking in to their supports every so often and an annual prune to keep them performing year after year.
One of the many good things about clematis is that there's never any need to be without their charming, sunny flowers, as there are varieties which flower at all times of the year. In our garden centre in Lewes you'll find clematis that flower in spring, summer, autumn and winter: here's our pick to give you a clematis for every month.
January: Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica has pretty ferny evergreen leaves and curious red-speckled
flowers: the fluffy seedheads which follow last for months
February: 'Wisley Cream' is another early bird with greeny-white flowers and glossy evergreen foliage:
silvery, silky seedheads follow the flowers
March: Clematis armandii is evergreen, with glossy, leathery leaves and almond-scented blossom
April: Alpine clematis have daintily nodding, violet-blue flowers that last weeks: 'Frances Rivis' is
deep violet-blue and a prolific favourite
May: Clematis montana comes in white or pink and is cheerfully rampant, a froth of flowers in May
June: Early large-flowered clematis like 'Perle d'Azur' and 'Prince Charles' have huge and plentiful
July: Clematis viticella types are tough and trouble-free and come in rich, velvety colours: 'Etoile
Violette' is deep purple
August: Late-flowering 'Gravetye Beauty' is an eyecatching ruby red with lovely pompom-like
seedheads to follow the flowers
September: Clematis rehderiana needs plenty of room but if you give it the space it's an eyecatching
choice, with big panicles of scented pale yellow flowers like little bells
October: 'Bill McKenzie' has bright yellow flowers with curiously thick petals, curling outwards like
lemon peel, and long-lasting silky seedheads
November: Clematis tangutica is smothered in lantern-like flowers followed by big fluffy seedheads
December: Clematis cirrhosa var purpurascens 'Freckles' is a very reliable evergreen type with deeply
speckled dusty pink flowers right through winter
Please ask the staff in our garden centre for more information and advice about growing clematis year-round in Lewes.