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Clematis x Cartmanii 'Early Sensation'

CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394
Do any of you lovely people grow this?  Would you recommend it?

I'm looking for an evergreen climber and I had Clematis Armandii 'Apple Blossom' in my last garden but I know that would swamp the space I have in mind.  Thanks for experience and photos if available.
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  • EustaceEustace OxfordPosts: 799
    edited 31 March
    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/comment/2333917#Comment_2333917 
    Here is my post about this clematis. HTH. I'm planning to plant it in the garden this season after flowering.
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 454
    I've got a 'pixie' (dwarf version of cartmannii). It needs a really well-sheltered position to reach its potential and they take ages to settle in, so quite a lot like armandii in that respect.
     If they get cold they drop their leaves; if they dry out, they drop their leaves. They might even have a dormant spell in the hottest bit of summer, where they, sometimes, drop their leaves!

    However, if you can give them what they want, they're endearing things, and the flowers are cute
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    I grow it but probably in the wrong place, foot of an east facing wall and now shaded by the apple tree. It's reached the top of the trellis (6ft) x 3ft wide. Does have lovely white/cream flowers but not many. The leaves are pretty. Mine's about 6-7 years old.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,600
    @Richard Hodson might be able to help?
    Devon.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    I've got it in the garden. Planted back in 2016. Growth is erratic and so is flowering. Lovely flowers and interesting "fruit" later in season. But disappointing in the long run.

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,155
    I had one which locked lovely for one year on  a NW wall with roots in the shade. The next year it struggled on, then it died.  I won't be trying again.
    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394
    Lizzie27 said:
    I grow it but probably in the wrong place, foot of an east facing wall and now shaded by the apple tree. It's reached the top of the trellis (6ft) x 3ft wide. Does have lovely white/cream flowers but not many. The leaves are pretty. Mine's about 6-7 years old

    Any pics Lizzie27 ?  Sounds similar conditions but mine might be on a fence that is hot south on the other side.
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394
    Papi Jo said:
    I've got it in the garden. Planted back in 2016. Growth is erratic and so is flowering. Lovely flowers and interesting "fruit" later in season. But disappointing in the long run.

    Love honest assessments Papi! 😁. Absolutely why I asked.
  • CloggieCloggie Posts: 1,394
    I find general advice doesn't always match first hand experience.  Just down the fence from my "space" is Clematis Napaulensis (not hardy I hear) -  It's in a cold windy corridor between ours and next doors and this year was fabulous, she really seems to have settled in (maybe in its 5th year?).  It gets hardly any light, camera facing East in this shot and a tall building back and front of it  Maybe it's more sheltered than l think.  Not a great deal of soil either.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,251
    edited 31 March
    Hi @Cloggie, sorry can't find any pics of that clematis on my phone except one pic of the leaves I posted earlier on the Clematis thread.
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