By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds
With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated types from which to settle on, gardeners and growers were inundated with recommendations. much more tricky for a few has been the absence of a unmarried entire reference with which to spot the varied cultivars. This new quantity, written through distinctive clematis specialists and subsidized by way of the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photograph encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids.
This long-awaited e-book is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one offers an A — Z listing of greater than 550 crops, from the acclaimed large-flowered varieties to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous kinds which are commencing to be on hand. utilizing daily language, the authors supply plant descriptions that come with details on synonyms, beginning, plant behavior and top, flora, pruning staff, flowering interval, cultural standards, urged makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is followed by way of greater than 650 wonderful colour photographs, making this encyclopedia an essential reference and advisor.
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A close examination, however, will reveal live buds in the leaf axils and a healthy-looking root system. It is important to check that the compost is not dry. Water the plant if necessary, and leave it in a garden shed, garage, or sheltered spot in the garden until the time is right for planting. Provided it is a good-quality, healthy specimen, the plant may remain in its nursery pot for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If it is a tender variety, take adequate precautions—the plant will need frost-free growing conditions.
Within the confines of the garden, however, the main reasons for pruning clematis are to establish a neat and tidy framework, to encourage vigorous growth, and to stimulate the development of buds and flowers. ) from the ground in the spring following the initial planting. This pruning encourages plants to produce new shoots from lower down the stems and from below the soil surface; however, certain evergreen and tender varieties, such as Clematis armandii, C. forsteri, C. paniculata, and their cultivars, should not be severely pruned provided the plants are strong, bushy, and healthy.
Clematis ‘Helios’ before partial pruning. Photo by R. Savill. Photo by R. Savill. Regardless of the pruning group, always prune a clematis back above a live bud in the axil. Photo by J. Lindmark. An example of a correctly pruned shoot. Note the new shoot breaking from the axil. Photo by E. Leeds. ) of stems so that the natural supports can come into their own during winter. Complete the final pruning in early spring. Pruning unidentified clematis Occasionally the identity of a clematis plant is unknown, making it difficult to determine its pruning category.