Clematis the ‘Queen of Climbers’, produce masses of flowers in a wide variety of shapes and colours. With careful selection, it’s possible to enjoy their blooms throughout the year, and with plants suited to growing on walls and fences, on obelisks and pergolas, into trees, in containers and even in a mixed border. It is easy to see why these versatile plants are one of the most popular in so many gardens.
While there are many well-known varieties of clematis, in this month’s plant of the month we will be looking at two very different types.
Raymond Evison Clematis
The beauty of Raymond Evison Clematis is in their strong perfume with plentiful blooms along with their simplicity of care with most varieties needing only to be pruned back hard in late winter. While they grow happily in the ground, they also perform particularly well in large containers, making them suitable for the smallest of spaces or gardens with limited beds and borders. As with all clematis they prefer a sunny spot. When planting in a container use a John Innes based compost ideally number 3 but if the container will need to move use Levingtons with added John Innes to keep the container lighter and easier to handle if required. On top of the compost use stones or bark as a mulch to help keep the roots cool.
For six decades Raymond Evison has been breeding and growing the world's best clematis. Raymond Evison has bred more than 100 varieties of clematis and is a regular gold medal winner at the Chelsea flower show with his colourful displays and new releases .
Below are 4 lovely varieties currently in stock;
Josephine Evijohill(N) is one of the most popular clematis with mauve double flowers which last up to a month, they will grow happily in a border, or through other woody plants and in containers. Grows up to 1.5m, sometimes has fluffy seed heads in the autumn.
Samaritan Jo Evipo075(n) named after the Samaritans, launched at the 2013 Chelsea flower show, like many of the Raymond Evison clematis grows up to 1.5m in height. The large, silvery-white star-shaped flowers can be up 15cm wide. The flowers have a purple edge with a faint, pale-green central stripe. Flowers are produced in early summer to late autumn.
Rebecca Evipo016. Named after Raymond Evison's oldest daughter Rebecca and launched at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Rebecca has become my personal favourite of the Raymond Evison range with a bright, vibrant red flower, while in full sun is more burgundy in colour. Growing up to 1.8m this can also be grown in a container or in the garden, with an abundance of blooms and bright flowers. This is a colourful addition to a sunny garden.
Vicki Evipo114(n) a more recent introduction in 2019, one of the smaller growing Raymond Evison clematis, part of the boulevard series, growing up to 120cm tall. They produce a pale pink pointed flower with a deeper bar of vibrant pink. This variety will tolerate light shade.
Below we take a look at a unique collection of low growing, ground cover Clematis varieties, they can be grown in a border or in containers and hanging baskets.
Has light violet-mauve star-shaped flowers with a hint of pink along the bar. The early flowers are occasionally semi-double. Very compact & free-flowering, perfect for front of a border or pot.
'Filigree' grows in a mound or trails and can be used to fill in borders or grown in hanging baskets. Filigree only grows to 1 - 2 feet. Even though Filigree is a smaller variety it still puts on lots of large blooms (some open semi-double) all summer and makes a great talking point when grown in a hanging basket.
This variety displays distinctive mauve coloured flowers, from early spring with dwarf compact mound forming foliage.
As with all clematis grown in containers they will need regular watering and feeding for the first couple of years using miracle grow all-purpose to help establishment and growth, after the second year move to a rose feed to promote stronger flowering.
All stock is subject to change please call or ask a member of staff for up to date stock information.