Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.
Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants.
It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula (fragrant virgin’s bower) and C. viticella (the Italian, or purple clematis).
Having inherited the fragrance of the former and the purple tints of the latter, it is a lovely clematis with delicate, scented, ruby-tipped white flowers. It will be blooming for several weeks from now through late summer.
Draped over the geometric wooden fence, with its billowy habit and masses of wispy blooms, this clematis epitomizes the beauty of the Arts and Crafts style of our Flower Garden.