Simple and beautiful--all 300 of them--Clematis includes even more wild species than the rose. They offer opulent blossoms, attractive, carefree foliage, and ornamental seed heads in exchange for a minimum of attention.
Use them to cover just about every stump and dead tree, as well as trellises, arbors, pergolas, walls and tall shrubs. They prefer to be planted slightly deep in cool, well-drained soil with mulch or a ground cover to shade their feet. Provide a support and let them climb.
We especially like this vigorous deciduous cultivar for its smoky silver seed heads. But nodding violet-blue flowers with inner petals of cream also combine with young red stems and coarsely-toothed, medium green leaves to make this species a colorful favorite.
15' & spreading; Blooms: June-September. Hardy in Zones 4 - 9.