Abilene Clematis

Abilene Clematis

Clematis 'Abilene'

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This attractive flower offers a hot splash of color on a free blooming vine that grows like all get out. The blooms of the Abilene Clematis are a bright pink with dark stripes down the middle, leading to a fuzzy yellow center. This vine is excellent for training up a lamp post, pillar or gate. The unique color complements many other climbing plants such as roses and is sure to be a conversation starter. The Abilene grows best in full sunlight. If you do choose to add this delightful plant to your collection, you should be aware that it requires pruning every winter for optimum health.
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Both of my Abilenes make me smile - so pretty - yet so small
NF ARK from AR wrote (April 11, 2017):
This is the 2nd spring that I have had these 2 clematis vines planted. Last year (first year of planting) I only had 1 or 2 flowers. This year they are loaded and just keep making more blooms. And what a beautiful color of pink. Most amazing to me is how large the blooms are but on such small or short vines. AND all I did was give them a little attention when planted - nothing since other than weeding and throwing on some granular fertilizer. Awesome easy to grow!

The Late Bloomers
Unlike other types of Clematis, Group 3 blooms on "new wood" (which means the current season's growth; if you keep last year's flowering stems on the plant, they won't set buds). So, unless you live in a climate where your Clematis naturally dies back to the ground in winter, you must prepare yourself to whack off all the old stems in late winter/early spring down to about a foot from the ground, just above the place where the new season's growth begins.

"Forget it!" I hear you cry, remembering how you patiently helped your Clematis twine up the mailbox post last spring and were rewarded with a bloom show like none you'd ever experienced before in your life. I know; it seems harsh, especially for those of us in the south, who aren't used to plants that die back completely, then pop up again in spring more vigorous than ever. But if you'll take my word and remove all the old growth until you're left with a couple of stems about 12 inches from the ground, you won't be sorry. Look for the place where the stem changes color a bit — that will be where last season's growth began. Leave just an inch or two of that new color, cutting away the rest.

Once you know your Clematis's pruning number and get that first-year trim out of the way, keeping this woody climber looking its best and blooming like crazy is simple! A few minutes once a year will yield you armloads of flowers for many seasons, and you will continue to find new uses for Clematis, from hiding an unsightly fence to decorating your most formal garden art!

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