sweet autumn clematis offers pristine white
fragrant blossoms and is a great choice for a
fence or trellis in a cottage garden setting.
last few weeks the sweet autumn clematis has been among
the showiest plants in our cottage garden at the Coastal
Georgia Botanical Gardens. It was the perfect choice to
drape over a new lattice fence. If you have an ugly
fence or wall that you need to dress up, this may be the
perfect vine for you.
blooming of our sweet autumn clematis is always a
pleasant surprise as it bursts forth in August and
September with what seems to be thousands of small,
fragrant white flowers. If youíve been paying
attention this fall you probably have seen them blooming
at some neighborís house near you or for sure in the
neighborhood and probably paused for a second glance.
is known botanically as Clematis terniflora and is cold
hardy from zones 5-9. It is easy to grow and adds a
wonderful splash of pristine white to any styled
landscape. It boasts an almost vanilla like scent and is
one of our easiest-to-grow vines. It is so easy you
would swear it was native, but truth be told it is from
it good rich soil and ample food and water and then
stand back. It is quick to cover and can reach up to 25
feet with support, but with proper training, and pruning
it can be kept neat. Sweet autumn clematis blooms only
on new wood produced in the current season. The vine
will usually freeze to the ground each winter, at which
time it may be cut back.
few locales have labeled it as invasive, so for many
gardeners the native Clematis virginiana would be a
super choice. As you might expect the native one is a
little harder to find in the market place; go figure.
has common names like Virginís Bower, as well as
regional names like Old Manís Beard, Goatís Beard,
Woodbine and the not-so-glamorous Devilís Darning
Needle. Strangely, at some point during the plants bloom
cycle you can see the reasoning behind each name.
you drew a line straight up from Texas to Canada the
Clematis virginiana is native in every state east. These
are tough vines that deserve accolades. As with the
sweet autumn clematis, the Virginís Bower excels on
the trellis or fence. Need something to drape a rustic
split rail fence? This is the one for you. Find yourself
looking for a vine for a colorful purple picket fence,
look no further.
everyone loves clematis, these natives unfortunately
have taken a back seat to the big colorful imports. As
you might expect from natives, they will attract an
abundance of bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Youíll
even find delightful fragrance with the C. virginiana
and may wonder why it isnít sweet autumn clematis.
Bower can climb from 12 to 20 feet, offering pristine
white blooms followed by the glistening avatar-like
seeds called achenes. Like many clematis, they have the
ability to climb on their own without a lot of
management on your part.
like these clematises are so important in the
landscape-design process because they create a vertical
element similar to hanging a picture in the family room.
Think about using them for the ultimate cottage garden.
Partner with a bold drift of blue salvia like Victoria
Blue, Cathedral Deep Blue or Mystic Spires blue placed
next to another patch, of perhaps pink, like PowWow Wild
Berry echinacea coneflower or Fireworks gomphrena.