Clematis Alpina 'Willy' is a delightful deciduous climber covered prolifically in March and April with pretty pale pink drooping bell shaped flowers with mauve tints at the base of the petals.
It will thrive in full sun or partial shade, as long as the roots have a shady run, and prefers alkaline to neutral soil. It requires no pruning after the first 12 months and, if the plant is deadheaded in the spring, it will sometimes produce a second flush of blooms in late August/September. It takes a couple of years to get fully established but will then reach up to 3m.
Great for your garden:
Clematis alpina 'Willy' is the perfect clematis for clothing or tumbling over low walls when it will form a trailing mound 3m x 1.5m and provide a stunning show of mauve tinged pale pink bell flowers in early spring.
It is fully hardy and will tolerate light shade but is at its best when the flowers are in full sun and the roots have a cool shaded run. It will train against a wall or pergola but will need support by way of wires or trellis. It requires no pruning and can therefore be left to scramble over tree stumps or as ground cover in wall side borders. It can also be grown in a container where its growth can be limited by judicious pruning.
Look out for:
Clematis alpina 'Willy' is relatively disease free but, as with all clematis, Wilt can be a problem.
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