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Sunset Clematis Plants

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  • Bright plum-pink flowers
  • Large, open star, overlapping petals
  • Repeat flowering Jun-Sept
  • Grows to 3m x 1m
  • Type: Early large-flowered
  • Habit: Climber
  • Pruning group 2
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Description

About 'Sunset' Clematis:

'Sunset' provides a fantastic shock of colour to the summer garden. The single flowers are huge, 15cm in diameter, and are a rich plum-pink streaked with deep crimson bars resembling an intense sunset. The central anthers are a pale creamy gold and are shown off beautifully against the shocking pink backdrop.

This wonderful display appears early summer and will return for another flush in the late summer.

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Great for your garden:

'Sunset' is a nice compact variety meaning it is especially good in containers, making it suitable for even the smallest of gardens... or why not try training it along a balcony? It looks fantastic in the border either rambling over a host shrub or trained up an obelisk.

It's great for adding colour to a frame such as a pergola or archway and can look really special when coupled with other flowering climbers, especially roses.

It is such a good performer that the RHS have awarded it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

'Sunset' Clematis characteristics.

  • Flower colour: Bright plum-pink, deep crimson bars
  • Flower shape: Large, single, open star, overlapping petals
  • Fragrance: Mild
  • Repeating: Yes
  • Approximate flowering season: June - September
  • Final height and spread: 3m x 1m
  • Type: Early large-flowered
  • Habit: Climber
  • Pruning group 2
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Look out for:

As with all Clematis caterpillars, earwigs and aphids can cause problems. Remove by hand where possible, spray if infestations get really bad.

May have susceptibility to Clematis wilt. Avoid through annual mulching to achieve deep root cultivation. Cut out infected stems and destroy immediately, disinfect tools.

Slime flux can sometimes be a problem. Damaged stems can be infected by bacteria which causes a nasty smelling ooze from the affected area. Cut back to a healthy shoot, destroy infected material.

Trivia:

'Sunset' was bred by Arthur H Steffen in the USA in the 1990's.

In the American Old West, the wild white Clematis ligusticifolia was known as the pepper vine. The settlers took tips from the Spanish colonials and used the seeds and the leaves as a pepper substitute. However, all parts of the part are poisonous in large enough quantities, so we don't recommend trying this one. If you like your flowers edible, Dahlias are a great choice.

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Planting and Care Instructions

How to grow 'Sunset' Clematis:

'Sunset' Clematis can be grown easily following the Clematis planting guide.

  • Can be grown in sun or partial shade.
  • Will grow in any well drained but moist, fertile soil.
  • Needs support, through wires on a wall, a trellis or frame.
  • Great trained through other later flowering climbing plants, such as climbing or rambling roses - looks particularly effective coupled with pale pink or white blooms.
  • Can be trained over a medium to large garden shrub - good with lime green or silver foliage.
  • Suitable for growing in large containers. Mulch annually and feed throughout the growing season.