Brunette Alpine Clematis

Brunette Alpine Clematis

Clematis koreana 'Brunette'


$22.95
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The glossy, deep red blooms of ?Brunette? make a lovely accent to evergreens and succulents?grow it as a backdrop to your conifers and shrubs for some spring color, or make it the star of your rock garden as it sprawls up the highest boulders! Very compact and tidy for a Clematis, this variety will even fit in large containers!

The nodding blooms add a burst of deep fuchsia/plum color, edged in silver and gilded with distinctive ?fuzz? on the reverse. These bell-shaped blooms have a light, delicate fragrance, but release much more of their delightful perfume in sunny conditions.

Bred in Sweden by Magnus Johnson, this distinctive variety descends from Clematis faurei, and since its introduction it has become a favorite amongst Europe?s Clematis aficionados. Now we are pleased to introduce it to American gardens! ?Brunette? is highly versatile: it can be grown in many soil conditions and in any aspect, meaning it can be grown facing any direction. It blooms in April and May, with the occasional rebloom continuing until August. Attractive, silky seedheads add more late-season visual interest to the display.

?Brunette? belongs to Clematis Pruning Group I, meaning that it blooms on old wood and should be pruned only minimally. Luckily, the compact habit of ?Brunette? keeps it attractive and tidy with little need to prune. It is the perfect size for covering a wall section without ?taking over?. Zones 3 to 9. 1 Quart container.

Clematis
Planting:

Set out plants immediately upon receipt spacing widely to allow for ultimate growth and spread. A rich, loose, well-drained soil that has been enriched is ideal; soil should be porous to allow for free run of the roots.

The rule of thumb is that clematis prefer shade at the roots (this can be provided by low growing plants or a cooling mulch), and sun at the tops. For this reason they do well interplanted among trees and shrubs, through which they easily grow. When planting, set a stake next to the plant for support.


Maintenance:

Water during periods of drought. Do not be discouraged if top growth is slow to appear; the roots must establish themselves before top growth occurs. For pruning purposes, Clematis can be divided into 3 groups. The first group blooms in the spring from buds set the previous season. Prune, when needed, after bloom. The second group blooms in early summer on short stems that come from buds set the previous season.

In March, remove dead wood and cut the remaining stems back to a pair of strong buds. The third group blooms on new growth. Therefore, prune all stems back to 12 inches from the ground each year in March. We also recommend a winter mulch. They also respond well to a topdressing of well aged manure or rich compost, preferably applied twice a year.


Zones:

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