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Clematis Multi Blue

Clematis 'Multi Blue'

Clematis hybrid 'Multi Blue'

Item # 36653

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One of the most beautiful and unusual Clematis, Multi Blue has a central boss of stamens that is as lovely as its petals, and it thrives best in light shade! Add to this the rich, hard-to-find blue shade of its blooms and the fact that it repeats reliably at the end of the season, and you've got a high-performing, highly distinctive climber you'll treasure!

The flowers of this 6- to 8-foot-tall climber measure 3 to 4 inches across, with big, overlapping, nicely pointed petals. The rich blue is highlighted with a faint central stripe of white on every petal, and the white is repeated in the frilly stamens whorled around the center of every bloom. The overall effect is of a starburst -- eye-catching in the garden or cut and floated in a bowl of water for indoor enjoyment!

Multi Blue blooms heavily in early summer, with the heaviest showing when grown in dappled or partial shade. Occasional flowers follow all summer, and then at the end of the season, another big bloom flush provides a terrific finale! Find a place of honor on a trellis, arbor, fence, post, or even the mailbox for this showstopper!

This climber spreads about 3 to 4 feet wide, so space the plants accordingly if planting a series to twine through a fence or blanket a bare wall. They need support as they climb, and prefer to have their roots remain cool -- so mulch heavily after planting. Zones 3 to 9. Pruning Group II.

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!

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