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Clematis Vancouver Morning Mist400

Clematis ’Vancouver Morning Mist’

Actinidia kolomikta 'Arctic Beauty'

ACTINIDIA kolomikta 'Arctic Beauty' (Hardy Kiwi)   A twining vine which, after some years, develops a beautiful white overlay suffused with pink that marks most of the leaves to a varying degree, for a tri-color effect. For best coloration grow in sun, add lime, and go lightly with fertilizer. Small, fragrant white flowers bloom in late spring. Small, greenish-yellow edible fruits are produced in the fall on female plants if both a male and female are planted. To 12', or possibly longer. Can take 3-5 years to develop full variegation, but well worth the wait. Zone 4.

Actinidia kolomikta ‘Red Beauty’ New

CLEMATIS Treasured for their spectacular flowers. Give them moderately moist, well drained, rich, slightly alkaline soil. Clematis prefer full sun to bloom their best, but need their roots kept cool. They’re grouped here according to pruning method.

Group 1: These clematis flower on old wood, blooming in spring from buds set the previous year. Generally, little pruning is required but vines that have become untidy should be selectively thinned after flowering has ended in late spring, early summer to allow time for new buds to mature for the following year.

    Brother Stefan™ New  Blue as blue can be, these bright flowers are accented with a lighter wavy margin and bright yellow stamens. The flowers are borne profusely in June and July on old wood, reappearing later in the season new wood. At only 5-7’ high, it’s well suited for growing over low fences, trellises, poles and other garden supports. It can also climb over natural supports, such as deciduous and coniferous shrubs that don’t require regular hard pruning. Pruning of Brother Stefansimply involves cutting the stems back to 2’ each spring. A Green is Life Gold Medal Winner. 

Group 2: This group includes those Clematis that bloom on the previous year's wood and then again in late summer on new growth. In general, not a lot of pruning in required beyond the removal of dead and weak stems in late spring. If more extensive pruning is deemed necessary, it should be undertaken just after the first spring flowering period. Rule of thumb, don’t over do. Limit pruning to what’s needed to keep plants looking good and to maintain a steady progression of bloom.

Clematis Corinne 175

Corinne™ New  The 4”-6” wide flowers are white with a soft pink bar down the center of each petal. Blooms in spring with rebloom in late summer. Compact growing, to 6’, making will suited to container growing. Cuts well. Zone 4.

Clematis Diana's Delight 175 2015

Diana’s Delight   Lilac blue, gently overlapping petals and creamy yellow centers. Lower growing, suited to smaller spaces and container growing. Blooms June-July and again in Sept. 6' tall. Group 2.

    ‘Omoshiro’ New     An elegant Japanese hybd. with exquisite, large, white blossoms flushed with magenta pink at the margins and on the reverse. The single flowers measure 5”-7” across and bloom in May-June and again in September. 6’-8’ tall. Pruniing group 2. Zone 4.  

    ‘Vancouver Morning Mist’    From the breeding program of Clearview Horticulture of Vancouver, BC whose goal is to select for plants with large flowers, good disease resistance, and compact habits. ‘Vancouver Morning Mist’ has the largest flowers of the series so far, up to 12” across. Flowers are a gorgeous light lavender-pink that fades to white. 6’-8’ tall. See photo at the top of this page.


Clematis Vancouver Mystic Gem 175

Clematis ‘Vancouver Mystic Gem’     Selected for its large flowers, disease resistance and compact habit at Clearview Horticulture of Vancouver, BC. ‘Vancouver Mystic Gem’ has luscious pink flowers edged in white with tuffs of red stamens in the center. 6’-8’ tall.   

    ‘Vancouver Starry Night’    Selected for its large flowers, disease resistance and compact habit at Clearview Horticulture of Vancouver, BC. ‘Vancouver. Flowers are brilliant purple with a red bar. Medium tall, 6’-8’.

    ‘Viva Polonia’ New    A cheerful, easy to grow clematis with 4” wide, bright magenta flowers accented with a white inner star. Blooms on old and new wood which insures flowers in spring and then again later in the season on new wood. Compact growing, only 4’-6’ tall. Zone 4.

Group 3: These species and cultivars flower in mid-summer on current year's growth. Prune hard in very late winter/early spring to just above the first pair of buds closest to the ground (about 12"). If greater height is desired, you can retain the lower woody framework and prune to just above the base of the previous year's growth.

    ‘Chantilly’     Large white flowers with a pink blush, darker midrib, and reddish center, 5-8" across. Blooms in early summer and then again in late summer. Mature flowers are sweetly fragrant. This is a low growing variety, only 4' tall. It's a great choice for those with limited space or for growing in containers. Group 3.

Clematis fargesioides 175

fargesioides New     Vigorous, to 14’-20’ with 2”, creamy white flowers carried prominently above the stems on long stalks. Blooms midsummer to early autumn and one could be forgiven for mistaking it for an out-of-season blooming C. paniculata. Ideal for covering large areas of fences or walls and for growing through small trees. Zone 3.

Clematis Happy Jack 175

Happy Jack™   Velvety plum-purple flowers with bright yellow stamens. Long blooming, beginning in mid-summer and continuing into fall. Valued for its late season, intensely purple, freely produced flowers, 3”-5” wide. Blooms on new and old wood and pruning is as simple as cutting back to 2’ each spring. 6’-8’ tall. Zone 5.

    heracleifolia ‘Mrs. Robert Brydon’ New    1" flowers with bluish white petals that are nearly hidden behind the thick tuft of white filiments. Flowers are profusely born from mid summer into early autumn on vigorous woody stems that reach to 6-8’. Looks especially nice climbing up through shrubs and can be trained on a low trellis either in the ground or in a container. Pruning group 3. Zone 4.

    Pink Mink®    Here is a clematis for every gardener, whether new and full of trepidation or highly experienced with confidence borne of many years of gardening. The point is, Pink Mink® is easy to grow and can be counted on to deliver an uninterrupted display of 2”-3” wide, bright, pink-on-pink flowers from early summer until early fall. Grows 6’-10’ and should be pruned hard in spring, back to within 18” of the ground. Multiple award winner. Zone 5, possibly zone 4. Pruning group 3.   

    ‘Polish Spirit’     Dark purple, velvety flowers, 3" wide, generously produced throughout the flower season. Climbs 8-10' and blooms from mid-summer to early autumn. The rich purple flowers show up nicely against silver leaved perennials and shrubs. Group 3.

    Rosemoor    Large, 3-5' across, dark red flowers with contrasting yellow anthers. This variety blooms on both new and old wood insuring flowers from early summer into early fall. Climbs to 8'. Group 2.

Clematis Samaritan Jo 175

Samaritan Jo™ New   Pure white flowers with tight, purple stenciling tracing the petal margins. 5” across, very striking! Offers a very long bloom season extending from midspring into late summer on compact growing vines, only 4’-5’ tall.1 

Clematis Still Waters

Still Waters    Large, icy violet-blue flowers contrast with the dark red stamens of this showy, easy to grow new clematis. Early flowering, long-lasting blooms appear from late spring to late summer. Blooms on new and old wood so if pruning is necessary for a tidier appearance, just cut the whole plant back to 2’. Reaches 4’-7’ tall and looks great weaving through dark-leafed shrubs such as Sambucus Black Lace®. Zone 5.

    ‘Sweet Summer Love’    A new and very exciting Clematis that blooms early and profusely and is easy and carefree to grow. Starting in midsummer, successive waves of small, (2” wide), ruby/violet and fragrant flowers wash over the vines in an amazing display of flowering that continues right into mid fall. Bloom is heaviest at the beginning of the cycle and tapers off somewhat as the season progresses. And, simplifying things even further, ‘Sweet Summer Love’ resides in pruning group 3 which means it blooms only on new wood, so should be cut back hard every year in late winter/early spring. Zone 4.

    terniflora (paniculata & maximowicziana)     (Sweet Autumn Clematis) Clouds of small, strongly scented, white flowers in large panicles, Aug.-Oct., followed by attractive seed heads, vigorous, to 30'. Plants will bloom in part shade but will only reach their full, blooming potential in full sun. Easy to grow in average, well-drained soil and, in our garden, vigorous to the point of indestructibility. Group 3.

Clematis tex.'Princess Diana' 175

texensis ‘Princess Diana’      2" long, wide-flaring, bell-shaped, bright pink flowers crowd the 6-8' stems from mid summer to early autumn. Vigorous and not prone to mildew. Tolerates part shade. Interestingly, this Clematis behaves like an herbacious perennial and sends up new shoots from below ground. Well suited to informal uses such as growing up through shrubs or sprawling over the ground between low shrub or allowed to billow over stumps or low fences. Pruning group 3. Zone 4..

    viorna    Single, urn-shaped, nodding flowers, 1" long with thick-textured, strongly recurved petals, reddish-purple on the outside and creamy- white on the inside,6'-8' tall. Blooms mid summer into early fall. Flowers are followed by large, showy seedheads. Easy in sun to light shade with average or better, reasonably moist, well-drained soil. A sweet, smaller growing, specie clematis suitable for a conventional trellis, for containers and for twining up amongst shrubs. Pruning group 3. Zone 4

    viticella ‘Betty Corning’   Single, nodding, bell-shaped, mauve/blue flowers, 2ins. long and slightly scented. Very free flowering from early summer through early autumn. Grows to 10ft. and makes a good choice for through large shrubs and climbing roses. Zone 3

    viticella ‘Carmencita’    Satiny carmine-red flowers that fully engulf the stems through July. Unlike most other viticella types that display funnel or trumpet-shaped flowers, those of 'Carmencita' open fully. Begins blooming in July and continues for 4 weeks or more. Pruning group 3.

Non-climbing Clematis:

    heracleifolia ‘Blue Ribbons’ New     Abundant 2”, nodding, wide flaring, indigo blue flowers from May into mid summer. Flowers are followed by decorative silvery seed heads. Compact, upright/erect growing, only 16” tall. For sun to light shade with fertile, evenly moist but well-drained soil. Cuts well. Zone 2.

    heracleifolia ‘China Purple’   (Bush Clematis) Forms an upright bush suitable for growing in the perennial border. Fragrant, deep violet-blue, wide-flaring, trumpet-like flowers occur in whorls along sturdy stems that rise above the foliage.  Overall size is 4’ tall by 3’ wide. Blooms from mid/late July into fall.  Large, bold, and something different to combine with late summer yellow flowers. Zone 3.

Clematis durandii 175

‘Roguchi’   (integrifolia x durandii) 2-2" long, bell-shaped, nodding, deep purple flowers with lighter recurved tips. Thick textured. Non-climbing and usually allowed to scramble through surrounding perennials and shrubs. If attached to support it will extend for 6-8'. Blooms in spring and again in late summer into fall. Earned high praise from one of our customers as a variety that blooms through the summer, in shade. One of the best non-climbers. Pruning group 3. Zone 4.

Fallopia baldschuanica (Polygonum aubertii)     (Silver Lace Vine) a vigorous twining vine, with billowy, foamy white fragrant sprays in late summer and fall, 20-30', flowers cut well. Excellent as a quick cover so long as it has something to twine around. Tolerant of dry soil. Zones 4-8

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)    One of the finest and most artistic vines. Showy fragrant white 6-10" flowers in June-July, exceptional climber, peeling brown bark attractive in winter. Glossy green foliage until late fall, does well on north and east exposures. Does not need support to climb trees or walls, clings by root-like holdfasts. Zone 5. In photo at right, petiolaris is growing on our venerable white pine. We’re not sure whether the tree is supporting the vine or the vine supporting the tree.

Hydrangea anomala ‘Fire Fly’    A yellow variegated climbing hydrangea with green leaves with gold margins. Gold color is striking in spring, changing to chartreuse in summer. Vigorous to 30' with holdsfasts that cling to any surface. 6-10" wide, white, flat-topped panicles for two weeks or more, late spring-early summer. Zone 4.

Lonicera (Honeysuckle)Showy vigorous summer blooming vines, easy to grow in most soils, best flowering occurs in full sun with moist soil. In part shade flowering period will be shorter. 08-FullSun-s 07-PartialShade-s 04-Drip2 03-Drip3 01-Hummingbirds

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’    Bright yellow, super abundant, fragrant, long, wide-flaring trumpets from mid-May into fall. The individual flowers are highly fragrant, but the fragrance is magnified exponentially by the combined effect of hundreds of flowers blooming at once. Reaches 10’ in height and does best in sun with rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Hummingbirds and all pollinators love it. Zone 4.

Lonicera pericly Belgica 175

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica’ New     (Early Dutch Honeysuckle) Fragrant rose-pink flowers with a yellow center open in early June and rebloom during the summer when conditions are favorable. These are vigorous vines that can cover a trellis or fence in a single season, 12’-16’. Earlier blooming than L. periclymenum ‘Florida’. Best in sun with rich, well-drained soil. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 5.

Lonicera semp. 'Major Wheeler'

Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’    A Honeysuckle worth getting excited about! To start with there are the long, trumpet-shaped flowers, brilliant red outside and yellow on the inside, abundantly produced in large clusters throughout the plant starting in late spring and continuing right on through summer, undeterred by heat amd humidity. The flowers are highly fragrant and the consistency of the bloom over the entire season is unrivalled by any other Honeysuckle. Then there is the remarkably clean, mildew-free foliage that forms a lush, green background for the brilliant flowers.  Bloom is best in sun, with rich, moist but drained soil. Plants will adjust to part shade but with diminished flowering. As they mature, plants become better able to withstand drier conditions. Hummingbirds love the flowers! Zone 4.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia ‘Variegata’      This selection of the Virginia Creeper boasts showy, white vareigated leaves and a more restrained growth habit, reaching only 20'-30' instead of 80'-100', and more, that is characteristic of the green leafed form. Leaves are deciduous and turn deep red before falling in autumn. Attaches firmly to any surface, wood, masonry, tree bark, with tendrils that have the holding power of super-glue. Not fussy as to soil but does appreciate some light shade. This pretty vine offers something different to those looking to dress-up a smaller vertical surface. Zone 5.

Polygonum aubertii (Silver Lace Vine)   20-30', a vigorous grower, with absolutely gorgeous, foamy white fragrant sprays in late summer and fall, excellent for covering fences and buildings, tolerates most soils. Zones 4-8

Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’     Schizophragma is very similar in appearance and cultural requirements to the Climbing Hydrangea, but differs in the way it more tightly hugs the surface to which it is adhering thus having a somewhat lower profile, in blooming 2 weeks later with flowers whose petioles droop ever so slightly, and, in having a somewhat shorter reach—more like 20 to 30' rather than 60 to 80. Beautiful flat, 10" wide flowers in July, attractive, glossy green foliage, and handsome, cinnamon-colored, exfoliating bark places Schizophragma among the very best vines available. Grow in full sun or shade, in rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Attaches forcefully to any surface by means of root-like holdfasts.  'Moonlight' is distinguished by beautiful, pewter-green leaves with a beautiful silver overlay. Zone 5.

Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Roseum’    Vary similar in appearance to the climbing hydrangea. Dark green foliage provides a solid backdrop for the large, pink, lacecap-type flowers that bloom profusely over the leafy surface form June into July. Best grown in rich, reasonably moist, well-drained soil, in sun to part shade. Flower color may hold better in light shade. A vigorous climber with woody stems that attach to any surface with tenacious holdfasts. Somewhat slow getting started but, once established, plants grow vigorously up to 40’. Climbs vertically on trees and buildings but also effective when allowed to spread horizontally across stone walls. Zone 5.

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’     A native Wisteria that's far less aggressive than its Asian relatives though still capable of producing a stunning display of large, dangling, purple flower clusters that all gardeners love. Soft, gray-green compound leaves emerge somewhat late in spring, late April or early May, and are followed immediately by large bud clusters that open in mid to late May revealing grape-like clusters of deep lavender, mildly fragrant flowers. Unlike the Asian varieties which can take years before putting out their first flowers, 'Amethyst Falls' gets right down to business and blooms at an early age. Grows to 20-30' and does best in average to rich, moist soil in sun. Zone 5.

Wisteria macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’      Like all Wisteria, this native to the lower mid-Atlantic area is a quick grower that needs space and support to grow and look its best. A heavy arbor will allow this plant to thrive and do what it loves to do: grow and produce spectacular, 8-10" long racemes of lavender-blue flowers in late May that may repeat during the summer months. Its flower display is breathtaking, fragrant and attractive to any number of native pollinators  and butterflies looking to fill up on nectar. 'Blue Moon' loves full sun and will flower its best in that environment but it will tolerate less sun and still grow well. While this selection is native further south, it is one of the most northern hardy of all Wisteria and blooms reliably into Zone 3.



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