Clematis 'Lady Betty Balfour' is an outstanding clematis that boasts intense bluish-purple flowers of 8" and extreme vigor. A dash of red near the base of the petals adds to the richness of the color when first opening. Contrasting creamy-yellow anthers are very noticeable against the dark flowers. 'Lady Betty Balfour' flowers best when planted in full sun and is an excellent variety for late season color, blooming from late summer to late autumn. Awarded Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
There is an old saying with Clematis; "Tops in the sun and feet in the shade." In other words the vine blooms best in the sun and benefits from a cluster of small plants, planted around the base of the plant. Many people simply plant a ground cover like ivy, myrtle, or pachysandra around the plant to shade the base. Clematis does best in fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil. Mulch well with composted manure or compost. Feed once a month with a well balanced fertilizer during the growing season.
Intense bluish-purple flowers of 8" and extreme vigor