I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Clematis - Niobe
About 'Niobe' Clematis:'Niobe'is an exquisitely coloured Clematis; its large showy blooms are a sumptuous and velvety deep claret red. Its prominent central stamens are a limey gold, and each flower measures to around 15cm in diameter creating quite an impact.
You are treated to this display over a tremendously long period, with two flowerings spanning from May through to September.
Why not find a partner for 'Niobe'? You can browse our other Clematis varieties here.
Great for your garden:'Niobe' Clematis look wonderful trained over a trellis, frame, or against a wall. They look especially good when coupled with other climbers in complimentary colours, particularly climbing roses.
The flowers produce better colour in partial shade, so they can be very effective trained up through a small tree. They can also look lovely rambling over a host shrub in the border.
If you are somewhat lacking in space or soil then this Clematis is compact enough that it can be grown in a large container, meaning you could have it on a patio climbing a decorative obelisk or even train it along a balcony.
It is such a strong performer that it has been awarded the highly regarded RHS award of Garden Merit.
'Niobe' Clematis characteristics.
Look out for:As with all Clematis caterpillars, earwigs and aphids can cause problems. Pick off by hand where possible, spray if infestations get really bad.
May have some susceptibility to Clematis wilt. Avoid through annual mulching for good deep root cultivation. Cut out any infected material and destroy, disinfect tools.
Slime flux can occasionally be a problem. Damaged stems can be infected causing a foul smelling ooze from the affected area. Cut back to a healthy shoot, the infected material should be destroyed.
Trivia:'Niobe' was bred by Wladyslaw Noll in Poland in the 1970's.
The story of Niobe in Greek Mythology is a tragic one. After boasting proudly of her 14 children to Leto who had only been blessed with two, they were all brutally killed with arrows by Letos children, the twins Apollo and Artemis.
Devastated, Niobe fled back to Mount Sipylus where she was turned to stone, her tears pouring down her petrified face. To this day the natural rock formation at Mount Sipylus bears the resemblance of a womans face, and the rainwater seeps through the porous limestone resembling tears running down her face.
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