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Anyone else grown Clematis Early Sensation?

Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 885

We bought this a couple of years ago, seduced by the glossy parsley-leaf foliage and promise of masses of green-white early flowers. It delivered but then went almost completely brown looking dead. I assumed that I’d lost it but then leaves started to regrow, but very slowly and it the redeemed itself looking good by the winter and flowering again. 

A friend has the same plant and it goes through a similar cycle but not quite so dismal looking during the Summer, just half- dead not fully dead looking 😳

Is this everyone’s else’s experience and is there a secret to managing to keep it looking ok during the summer rather than dreadful?

Also any recommendations for an evergreen clematis which looks reasonable all year?

Thank you

 If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
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