Common Name: Clematis
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Time to prune: February to March
Introduced in 1858 by Jackmans nursery of Woking,'Jackmanii' is one of the best known clematis varieties. It holds the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM) in recognition of its outstanding excellence. Its extremely hardy habit makes it suitable for even the most exposed sites. From mid-summer to early autumn it produces masses of deep velvety purple flowers. As with all the late-flowering clematis, pruning is easy. Simply cut back the stems to a pair of strong buds 15-20cm (6-8in) above ground level before growth begins in early spring. This pruning technique makes late-flowering clematis useful for training into shrubs, trees and climbing roses as the clematis growth is removed each spring and so never becomes too much of a burden on its supporting plant.
Looks good with:Ligustrum jonandrum