This is Crimson Star clematis ranunculaceae that I have had for
many years. The name does not reflect what I would call crimson.
It is just purple or magenta to my eyes.
It had chocolate colored stamens. At maturity it grows to 8-12
feet and has large blooms of 5-6 inches wide.
It dies back in the winter and in the Fall or Spring I
prune away the dead wood. It only blooms once for me
in late Spring or early Summer.
She likes her head in the sun and her feet shaded.
On the subject of vines, I have two Blue wisteria vines
and the first vine has failed again to bloom. Soooo I am
getting mean with her and pruned it in half. Next I am
going to dig in and shock its roots. If she doesn't bloom
next year she is gone and a new clematis will take its place.
In fact I may start the clematis already and let it climb her
vine. The other wisteria has just decided to leaf out and
if it does not bloom it is gone also. I do not have the room
for plants that will not preform for me. I sound so mean to
my plants :-)
A few of my many Atilbe's are starting to bloom. This is
a shade garden favorite of mine. I love the white against
the blue blooms of the Blue Hill Salvia.
The blooms of the Wild Phlox are now about spent and
the rain knocked of a lot of the tiny lavender blooms.
Veronica Wooly Speedwell is also starting to bloom.
White Balloon Flowers campunala makes the
blue Delphiniums stand out. Can you tell I like
blue and white flowers planted together?