Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Wave Hill’s Public Programs, checks out different species, varieties and cultivars of clematis blooming in our gardens this late June.
The clematis are looking particularly fine this week. Throughout the garden you’ll find examples of demure climbers and shrubby perennials as well as rambunctious mega-vines. Here are some of our favorites:
In the Flower Garden, Clematis ‘Perle d’Azure’ flowers freely in early summer along the perimeter fence. This cultivar has been a popular garden plant for over 100 years.
Mingling with C. ‘Perle d’Azure’ is another vigorous climber, Clematis x triternata ‘Rubromarginata’. Tiny flowers in magnificent abundance greet visitors at the western entrance to the Flower Garden.
In front of the greenhouse, Clematis viticella scrambles up a rustic post as well as adjacent shrubs.
The arbor seat protects a modest Clemats crispa from being swallowed up by the lushness of the June garden.
A few non-climbing clematis are featured in the Flower Garden. A lax-growing Clematis x durandii relies on a twiggy trellis to keep it from flopping on its neighbors.
A large mounding perennial Clematis heracleifolia var. davidiana is just beginning to bloom.
Behind the potting shed, Clematis florida ‘Sieboldii’ shares a wire trellis with self-sown morning glories.
In the Wild Garden, Clematis ‘Betty Corning’ drapes over Pinus flexilis ‘Glauca Pendula’.
Clematis ‘Princess Diana’ on a simple tripod trellis assembled from rebar and woven vines.
Lockwood Circle and its clematis mosaic continue the theme for the week.
And perhaps our most robust clematis, C. flammula (fragrant virgin’s bower) dangles its flowers at nose level from the Aquatic Garden Pergola.