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Clematis recommendations please

BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,495
I've posted this pic elsewhere but thought I'd start a separate thread.

This corner is moist and gets morning sun (until noon roughly). I'd like a clematis that could easily be contained to fill a fair portion of this side of the shed (I can easily add another smaller trellis to cover the top half, if need be). Compact with plenty of foliage and a good flowering display, ideally. I'm not that fussy on colour as long as other boxes are ticked ;) 

Does anybody have a specific variety that they could recommend. A photo would be marvellous :)  



  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,613
    I have been very impressed with Sea Breeze which I planted only 6 weeks ago. As such, it’s too early to comment on its foliage coverage but it is very floriferous. It’s a group 3 clematis. A photo will follow shortly.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Any of the alpinas or macropetalas. 
    I have Constance [alpina] and Lemon Dream [macro] and also Octopus [macro]
    I'll see what pix I have. Lemon Dream is particularly nice IMO.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,542
    I had Hagley Hybrid climbing up a bit of trellis by my north facing front door which got little decent sunshine.
    It flowered its socks off all season long and was well behaved.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    edited July 2021
    Lemon Dream. Seed head are pretty too on the early clems.

    Octopus. Not had this very long, and it's now planted in a border and doing well. No recent pix

    Constance. Had this about 6 or 7 years. Got cut back 2 yrs ago [approx] and was back to full size the following year. Very easy.

    I also have alpina Albiflora which is the same form as Constance but white. No pix of
     that as I've only had it a year or so.

    Plenty of the pale ones, or whites, would look good there, especially as it's shady later on.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BigladBiglad East LancashirePosts: 2,495
    Marvellous @Fairygirl. I agree - particularly like your Lemon Dream. It's the current front-runner :) 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Mine is growing alongside Miss Bateman, and they work quite nicely together.
    I love that L. Dream one - it covered a good section of fence quite quickly, and I have it trained along the top of the fence,  to come close to my kitchen window, so I can see it when washing dishes.
    A frequent occupation..... ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,613
    Here’s Sea Breeze, doing well as it was only planted this May. When I give it the big early spring prune I’ll replace the canes with neater Gripple trellis support.

  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 459
    edited July 2021
    If you want a clem that'll flower from June through till at least September, will eventually fill the side of that shed and can be cut back every year to stay tidy, then Polish Spirit is hard to beat. And it's as tough as old boots!
    This is one plant (a few years old, admittedly). The right hand side as you look at it was only trained up the trellis this year, while the left chunk in the tree was barely even pruned.
    (edit) the photos look a bit light on my laptop, it's darker in real life!
    You've room for two different varieties there, either different colours flowering at the same time, or combined with a later flowerer.
    And, even though I recommended a dark flower, I agree with Fairygirl that a light colour would work well, particularly if the shed's a little way away.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    @Biglad - apologies. I just realised you didn't say you were putting it in a container - you want to keep it 'contained'. Silly old tart that I am.  It will depend on the ground too - they like drier, poorer conditions than the larger flowered ones. 

    I also have Maria Cornelia which is a good white [Group 3 pruning], and the aforementioned Miss Bateman [Group 2] is also very easy. For a strong colour, Niobe is  my favourite, but I think a pale colour [if you like those] or white would suit best for the site  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 459
    @Fairygirl I took that to mean they wanted it to be easily kept from straying?
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