I forgot to take pictures of these when they first started blooming. Both have now faded somewhat from the heat of the sun but this is the first year Star of India (puple) had these many blooms while this is only the second year for Ville de Lyon (pink) planted near f. Sieboldii so not much blooms yet.
May 23, 2008 | 5:01 PM PST
Andrea, you have so many Clematis, do you have all the different divisions such as A, B, C? Which do you like best, which do well in shade and do you prune your plants on a routine basis? Linda B from SC
May 24, 2008 | 8:49 AM PST
Hi Judy, BTW my name is really Edith or Dee as friends and family call me. Anyway, yes, I have all 3 types. A's need no pruning, B's need only prune dead stems but I prune hard and light to distribute the flowers from below to the top and C's need very hard pruning as they only bloom on new wood. My favorite is the Ville de Lyon because of their carmine pink color and Charissima, very light pink with chiffon like petals. But I really love them all. Sweet Autum is type 3 with vanilla scent. You should try this one, it can cover a whole garden when it is over 3 years old.