Clematis Vancouver Plum Gorgeous
Clematis Vancouver Plum Gorgeous

Clematis

'Plum Gorgeous' produces velvety, plum coloured blooms that fade to a purple-blue from June until September. The petals on its 15 cm flowers have a sheen to them which create an almost luminous effect.

  • Size: Staked 1 gallon
  • Height: 1.8-2.4m (6-8′)
  • Spread: 91-121 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: minimum four hours of direct sun
  • Bloom Time: mid to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: plum
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Many gardening books tell you to plant clematis with their "head in the sun and their feet in the shade". The truth it that clematis will grow well in full sun but they need constant moisture. Shading the roots with mulch or shallow rooted plants will help to maintain the moisture in the soil. Clematis also need an extensive root run so it is necessary to dig a large hole and amend it with lots of compost. Clematis 'Rhapsody' flowers on both new and old wood so simply prune it back to actively growing buds at about 90 cm in the spring or just leave it to sprout and trim as desired.