Clematis 'Ernest Markham'

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Late Large-Flowered Variety | Cold Hardy to Zone 4

Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit

Clematis 'Ernest Markham' is a showy, perennial, large-flowered clematis offering midsummer to early fall interest. Vigorous and extremely floriferous, the plant sets masses of large, 4- to 6-inch, magenta flowers with blunt tips and a frilly center of chocolate anthers. The single, 6-petaled flowers have wavy-edged, recurved petals that give the blooms a rounded shape. The plant blooms on new wood, and at maturity, the vine is fully covered in flowers that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

A fast-growing, deciduous climbing vine, Clematis 'Ernest Markham' has a compact, twining, and trailing growth habit of bright green leaves that stays fresh and attractive all season. There is an old saying about clematis' growth rate: The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. Train clematis to climb a trellis, arbor, post, or fence, adding vertical interest. Or allow it to amble along the ground, meandering gracefully through the shrubbery. But for something really special, pair it with a climbing rose, allowing the nimble clematis to twine its way around the sturdy rose stalks. The two will elegantly mingle blooms in the early season, but the clematis will carry it through the heat of summer, and the rose will pick up again in fall as the clematis' blooms fade.

Cold Hardy and easy to grow, Clematis 'Ernest Markham' prefers full sun to part shade and fertile, moist, well-drained alkaline soil. But it tolerates a wide variety of soils, including chalk, clay, and loams with an acid or alkaline pH. Good site selection is key. So, remember the adage for success with clematis when planting: feet in the shade, head in the sun. The plant should be placed where the leaves get plenty of sunshine (approx. 6 hours), but the roots are shaded and kept cool, either by low-growing, evergreen shrubs or by heavy mulch. Good drainage is important, and extremely wet locations should be avoided. Protect plants from strong winds but allow good air circulation. Deer resistant.

A Group 3 late-flowering clematis (blooms on new wood in the summer and fall; dies to the ground over winter), Clematis 'Ernest Markham' should be pruned hard before new growth appears in late winter to remove dead or weak, spindly stems and to make way for the new growth. Cut back to 2 feet or just above pairs of healthy, swelling leaf buds. If training to climb, loosely tie the vines to their structure at this time. It can be pruned again after the first flush of flowers in early summer, cutting back to large buds, to promote a second flush of flowers, but deadheading is unnecessary. This group has to re-grow to their mature size each summer, so they tend to be the last to flower.

Uses: Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Wall Sides, Fences, Borders, Beds, and Containers

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Genus Clematis
Species hybrid
Variety 'Ernest Markham'
Zone 4 - 11
Bloom Start To End Mid Summer - Early Fall
Clematis Pruning Group 3
Habit Vining
Plant Height 12 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Bloom Size 4 in - 6 in
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Flower, Trellises
Bloom Color Dark Magenta, Dark Red
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Containers, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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