Vancouver™ Fragrant Star Clematis
Clematis Vancouver™ Fragrant Star
This powerhouse is just 6 to 8 feet long, but flowers heavily twice a year -- first in late spring, then again in early autumn. The blooms are simply enormous, reaching 6 to 8 inches wide with a pleasing, symmetrical star shape. The petals are pure frosty white (with a tinge of green if grown in a bit of shade) while the cental cluster of stamens is a rich, deep red to purple. Best of all, they release a scent that has been compared to vanilla.
Fragrant Star is a cross of 'Souvenir du Capitaine Thuilleaux' x 'Blue Ravine,' and demonstrates outstanding disease resistance and an ease of culture. It is a Group II Clematis for pruning purposes, so you will want to give it an annual trim in late winter and after it flowers in spring. (This climber blooms on both old and new wood, so without the late spring/early summer pruning, it will not repeat in autumn.) Like most Clematis, it prefers its top to be in sun and its roots in shade, so mulch it in well and give it plenty of sunshine. Let it climb a trellis, weave through a fence, or decorate the branches of an open-habit shrub. It is ideal for containers, and makes a fine companion to climbing roses.
Fragrant Star was introduced by Rob Wein at Clearview Horticulture in British Columbia. We are delighted to see such a high-performing, exciting series as the Vancouvers™ bred right here in North America! Consider adding Fragrant Star to your garden for many years of stunning color and scent. Zones 4-8. Group II.
|Variety||Vancouver™ Fragrant Star|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Early Fall|
|Clematis Pruning Group||Group 2|
|Plant Height||6 ft - 8 ft|
|Plant Width||24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Flower, Fragrance, Pruning Recommended, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions, Season Extenders|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
The Big-Flowered Summer Bloomers
Masses of frilly star-shaped blooms; big white snowflakes that blanket the garden twice a season; true-blue color for 4 solid months. The big-flowered, double, and otherwise showy Clematis varieties are among the very best for the garden, and you can master the annual pruning technique in about 3 minutes. First, make sure you've already done the special first- and second-year pruning. Then just maintain your Clematis's beauty as follows:
Group 2 Clematis blooms on "old wood," which simply means stems that grew last season or earlier. (This season's new stems — the ones that grow from spring till the summer bloom season begins — won't flower until next year.) Therefore, you don't want to prune too radically. The rule of thumb is that in late winter or earliest spring, cut back each stem about 6 to 8 inches, to right above the point where it branches. At this branching point, you should see a pair of little bumps. These are buds, and you want to keep them. Find all the branching stems on the Clematis and trim to just above those buds. (You may have read in gardening manuals: "Trim to a pair of strong buds." That's what this process is — the two buds right above the place where each stem branches are the "pair of strong buds" you're looking for! They're easy to see on the slender Clematis stems.)
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!
|Shop Clematis||Time to Prune?||Group 1||Group 3|
You’ll find Clematis pruning groups for your specific variety listed in the descriptions in our catalog and online. Follow the pruning guidelines below to get the best bloom show out of your Clematis.
(Bloom in early spring from buds set the previous season on old wood; doesn’t die back in winter)
Prune only when needed, after bloom in spring.
(Usually includes rebloomers that produce flowers on old wood in late spring/early summer and often bloom again on new wood in late summer or fall)
In March, remove dead wood and cut the remaining stems 6 to 8 inches to a pair of strong buds.
(Bloom on new wood in the summer and fall; dies to the ground over winter)
Each year in March, prune all stems back to a strong set of buds 12 inches from the ground.
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