Avant-Garde™ Clematis

Avant-Garde™ Clematis

Clematis Avant-Garde™ PP#16,074


1-Quart
Item # 36293
Ships in Fall at the proper planting time for your zone. View schedule.
$26.95
Buy 3+ at $24.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $22.95 ea
Plant Patent #16,074. Cultivar Name: Evipo 033

Here's an exciting new look for Clematis -- a lovely semi-double bloom with wide outer petals of rosy magenta and an inner "bow" of shorter, frillier petals of lavender! As pretty as a wrapped package, Avant-Garde is the Clematis you'll want for your favorite garden spot!

These flowers arise over a long, long season. Expect them to begin in mid- to late summer and to continue right through early autumn! Many Clematis are early-summer bloomers, so if you're adding Avant-Garde™ to your Clematis garden, you will extend the season of color beautifully.

Each flower measures about 2 inches wide, with a very showy form. The magenta outer petals curl back a bit at the tips and the lavender inner petals gleam with a satiny sheen. This bloom has been described as "a Dahlia sitting on top of a Rose," and it really is one-of-a-kind beautiful!

Avant-Garde™ comes by its beauty and good garden performance honestly. It is the work of Raymond J. Evison, master Clematarian whose books on Clematis are industry standards. Evison Clematis are always vigorous and reliable, and Avant-Garde™ adds Clematis Wilt protection to the list of merits. This is a fine Clematis for a beginning gardener, but seasoned garden vets will love it for its unique form and terrific bloom strength, too!

If you're new to growing Clematis, welcome to the Queen of the Climbers! These woody plants are ideal for covering fences, climbing trellises, blanketing any vertical or horizontal support, and sometimes even scrambling along the ground! As a general rule (and Avant-Garde™ is no exception), they like their roots cool but their tops -- the above-ground growth -- warm. So mulch them in well at planting time and refresh the mulch regularly. Give them well-worked, enriched soil, for these are vines that will live for decades if well cared-for. Let them thread through open-habit trees and shrubs -- they make a fine companion to Roses, often blooming at the same time and helping hide the rather leggy look of many hybrid tea Roses. They do have specific pruning requirements, but this is the only care they require besides tying or training onto their support.

Avant-Garde™ reaches about 10 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, a manageable size for the garden. We ship one-year-old plants in 2 1/2-inch pots. Pruning Group III. Zones 4-9.

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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