Clematis 'Viva Polonia'
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.
Clematis 'Viva Polonia' is a perennial large-flowered clematis offering early to midsummer interest. Extremely floriferous and long blooming, the plant sets medium-sized dark pink to red flowers with a distinctive white star in the center and a velvety, white tepal base. Plants bloom on old and new wood, and at maturity, the vine is fully covered in flowers.
Clematis 'Viva Polonia', a multistemmed, deciduous, woody climbing vine, has a compact twining and trailing growth habit of green foliage 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.
Easy to grow and maintain, Clematis 'Viva Polonia' prefers average, well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. 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.
A Group 2 large-flowered clematis (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), 'Viva Polonia' should be pruned moderately in late winter to early spring before blooming has begun. Remove dead wood and cut the remaining stems 6 to 8 inches, to the topmost pair of large, plump green buds. Trim just enough to encourage new growth without losing promising buds. Deadheading is unnecessary. If training to climb, loosely tie the vines to their structure at this time.
Developed by Polish breeder Szczepan Marczynski, 'Viva Polonia' gets its name because it shares the colors of the flag of Poland.
Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Borders, Edging, Landscapes, Screening, Containers
|Clematis Pruning Groups:||Group 2|
|Bloom Season Start:||Early Summer|
|Bloom Season End:||Mid Summer|
|USDA Zone Low:||4|
|USDA Zone High:||9|
|Uses:||Border, Containers, Vines and Climbers|
|Zone:||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|State Shipping Restrictions:||GU, HI, ID, PR, VI|