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Your top performing BLUE clematis

Am off to the Harrogate Flower Show tomorrow and need your experience to help me decide what to buy.  Photos would be a bonus!

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  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    It has to be etoile violette, amazing when in full flower. I'm sure there is a ipictre on the forum but can't find it. have just planted one

    Also Durandii looks good

    Also blue azur - seen it a Sissinghurst again wpnderful

  • Clematis macropeleta 'lagoon' for mid blue spring flowers and Perle D'Azur for summer flowering.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    Etoile Violette is definitely a stunner but very purple, as its name suggests.

    For me, Perle d'Azur does well - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=365 

    and Crystal Fountain - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=1843

    and Beauty of Worcester - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=80

    and Blekitny Aniol aka Blue Angel - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=88

    There are some good blue alpina forms but they're not hardy enough for my garden.   Have fun choosing.

     

     

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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    What shade of blue do you prefer, and what type (ie group1, 2 or 3?)  Many of the most reliable large flowered (gp2) types are on the purple side.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ^I'm surprised that Alpina forms are not hardy for some.  This is 'Frances Rivis' which I like very much..

     

    http://i881.photobucket.com/albums/ac17/MarLorena/KleineFontaine/DSC00594_zpsbc6b2ac5.jpg

     

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,555

    I find in my garden that montana and alpina get excited and juicy and full of new foliage and flwoer buds just in time to be knocked out by a severe late frost and we always get a -15 or so in late March or even early April that does for them.  I grow lots of clematis but not the cirrhosa, alpina, macro petala or montana forms and I now make sure when buying new ones that they can cope down to -25C as we get that quite a lot in recent winters.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks all of you, and it's lovely to have all those links, obelixx

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