From £6.24Jasmine - 'Officinale' Deciduous arching stems Grows to 12m White flowers with dark green foliage He
From £11.40Clematis - 'Vyvyan Pennell' Pale lavender-mauve flowers Large, fully double, single later in season
From £6.50Bushy, deciduous or semi-evergreen blue/green foliage Orange/yellow trumpet flowers Full hardy
Great for your garden:
'Hagley Hybrid' likes a sheltered position where it can enjoy some sunshine and some shade. This partial shade will make the colours intensify - full sun can mean that the flowers bleach. It can look lovely in containers on a patio and when trained along a balcony. It is also a brilliant choice for training through other flowering climbers such as roses on a trellis or frame, and can be left to ramble over shrubs in the border. Why not try training over a decorative obelisk? They give the garden structure through the winter when the plant dies off. It was awarded a well-deserved RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1984.
Look out for:As with all Clematis caterpillars, earwigs and aphids may be a problem. If possible remove by hand or spray if infestations get really bad. Slime flux can occasionally be a problem. Damaged stems can be infected by the bacteria causing a foul smelling ooze from the affected area. Affected stems should be cut back to a healthy shoot, the infected material destroyed.
Trivia:The 'Hagely Hybrid' Clematis was raised by Percy Picton, the famous plantsman who was head gardener at Hagley Hall from 1934 to 1947. It was said to have been descended from seeds collected from plants at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Picton was better known for his work with Asters, and the Picton Garden at Colwall in Worcester now run by his son is the legacy of his work. The garden holds around 400 varieties and comprises 2 acres of borders dedicated to the daisies. In late summer it is said to be a truly dazzling sight! Images supplied by Clematis on the Web.