Summer companion for a winter-flowering Clematis?
Was wondering if anyone can think of a flowering climber that will work practically with a winter-flowering (group 1) Clematis? I am planning to grow Clematis 'Winter Beauty' on an arch - it is evergreen and flowers December/January time. It has lovely lush green foliage but in summer it will just be plain green, so I was wondering if there is an easy summer-flowering climber I could add to the arch which will not interfere too much with the Winter Beauty and works pruning-wise? The arch has sun most of the day except morning.
Any suggestions much appreciated
There are plenty of Summer flowering clematis that will look good on your arch, every colour imaginable, some scented. Be aware of Winter Beauty, read this Clematis on the Web page, where it is described as ' not hardy and suffers from phytophthora if over watered '
Thanks Richard, had to look up Phytophthora as never heard of it but it sounds nasty!
I have a Winter Beauty elsewhere in the garden which I only planted in September and it seems to have survived the recent battering of frost and snow without any protection at all. Leaves were in a bit of a sorry state by the end, but having cut those back I can see it has lots of new green shoots so hopefully has survived ok.
Generally where I am (in Sussex) the winters are fairly mild - this is the coldest one we’ve had for quite a few years so I’m hoping that it might be OK as it looked lovely in December/January when it was flowering. Where I am planning to plant the new one is in soil which is very well-draining and unlikely to get over-watered. I guess it may have to be a bit of an experiment (but I'll keep on eye out for any sign of nasties!) …
If I add another clematis does it not have to be Group 1 as well for pruning reasons?