Right now is the peak Clematis moment here in our garden. This refers, first of all, to what we call the Great Wall of Purple filled out by Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ on part of the west-facing wall of the house, around the corner from the front door.

Here we are walking up the driveway to the Great Wall of Purple.

The ‘Jackmanii’ is blooming well, despite losing part of its root run due to driveway construction two years ago.

Although I notice that the blooms seem to start a bit higher up the vine this year, though once again they are blooming all the way up to the rain gutters. I wonder if the flowers start higher because I didn’t cut them back quite as hard this year. Usually I cut the vines around February or March to about 18″, but this year I cut them about that twice that high. I can give no reason for this, other than deciding in the moment to do something a bit different.

On the other hand, this season the ‘Jackmanii’ are filling a third trellis. The first two trellises are hung on the brick wall, but this year I pushed a third trellis into the ground along the porch railing, and attached it discretely as I could.

Overall, I’d say the quantity of ‘Jackmanii’ blooms is satisfactory this year. Actually, this is three separate plants. Of those, two were planted and one volunteered.

In terms of other Clematis, ‘Multi-Blue’ is doing nicely on a tuteur in the Crabapple Bed.

Clematis ‘Multi-Blue’

And in the Driveway Border, ‘Betty Corning’ has just past her peak.

Clematis ‘Betty Corning’

In the Back Garden, Clematis ‘Ice Blue’ is blooming very sparsely. I am afraid it is in too much shade.

So there you have it, the peak of this year’s Clematis season in our garden. It’s exciting and gratifying to watch these beauties come into their own each year.

71 Comments on “Clematis Season, 2021”

  1. Love “Betty Corning”, with those pretty bells, and your “Jack” is amazing. I have what is probably a “Jack” in full bloom now. There’s also a “rescue from near death” – pale lilac streaks on dusty white – that actually bloomed this year. It’s a puny plant still, but showing signs of a will to live.
    Your pansy pots look really good, too.

  2. Jack is doing quite well in our garden too but Multi blue has petered out. Just a bloom or 4 on it now. There are others but. I must confess I can’t remember the names of them and I am too lazy took them up.

  3. I find ‘Jackmanii’ to be very reliable. I will try to cut him back to 18″ as you do. Normally I just prune out the dead wood. My ‘Rebecca’ was a real stunner early on and is still putting out her huge eight petal pearly white blooms. Asiatic lillies are coming on as wellas a number of native plants.

  4. Jack is splendid, as always! Adding the third trellis really expands the display. I wish I had even a quarter of the success you have with clematis plants. I used black zip ties to secure a black trellis to my porch rails for a Major Wheeler honeysuckle vine. Can’t see them at all. Your Betty Corning is a show stopper. Nice work!!

  5. You have some great clematis here Jason and yes this is peak time for them ! They do look like a “wall” of flowers .. I have them against a wall, over an arbor bench .. on an obelisk … and on an arbor of their own. I think I have too many of them, it gets to be a bit much when they need to be babied with support tie in. You are right to assume they haven’t flowered from the bottom because you didn’t cut back as much this Spring .. Warsaw Nike does that if I don’t cut it back enough early Spring. It takes a bit of work and I’m trying to cut down on that .. I falter because the flowers are so pretty ? LOL

  6. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is still one of my favorites, and is probably my favorite of the ‘fancy’ types, because it was the first one I learned in school, and is probably the easiest of that type to grow here. We learned it as a species (Clematis jackmanii) rather than as a cultivar of unknown species (Clematis ‘Jackmanii’).

  7. I remember the concerns you expressed during the driveway construction. Clearly, that beautiful purple plant has recovered from the insult done to its root system. Looking more closely at the Betty Corning, I suspect it has our native purple leatherflower in its line. I looked around, and found some cultivars of C. texensis, our scarlet leatherflower, too.

  8. That is one gorgeous wall of purple. I’ve never tried Clematis – for some reason I’m not into growing vining flowers although, when I lived in Wichita, Kansas years ago, our little house came with a wall of orange trumpet vine. The Betty Corning fascinates me – not sure I have ever seen it. Love those bell like flowers.

  9. You definitely have a way with clematis, they look stunning. Do you feed them regularly? One of my viticellas is making massive growth each year but flowers only sparingly at the top. Any idea why this is? Wish my Betty Corning would look like yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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