Week 20 - our plant of the week is Clematis Ville de Lyon - our first climber and not before time. I could have chosen any of a number of Clematis which are in flower now, but as a large flowered red Ville de Lyon, dating from 1890, is hard to beat. This French varety is one of the worlds most popular and was bred by Francisque Morel from 'Viviand Morel' x C. texensi. To keep the roots cool I like to grow Clematis through shrubs, in this case Vitex agnus-castus.
Clematis Texensis 'Princess Diana'. Miniature, tulip-like flowers are 2" long and have a pale pink cast with a deep pink central bar. Inside tepals are rich pink displaying a deeper pink bar. Size: 8' tall.. Bloom time: Midsummer and late summer. Plant zones: 4-9. PRUNE GROUP 3
Clematis Duchess of Albany I am ordering this now! It will grow on the new trellis on the front of the house. From Brushwood:Clematis Duchess of Albany is an outstanding texensis hybrid with beautiful two-tone pink flowers blooming steadily and freely for most of the summer months.