Shades of Clematis

It’s that time of year when our world starts to have color. Color is something for which I have a keen sense of awareness. Tonal variations are seldom lost on my perceptions, so I enjoy a very delightful world with many variations on color. This can be seen in what I choose to photography and even the jewelry I make or the clothes I wear.

Currently, in my garden there are tones of pink and purple that are drawing my attention. I’ll do a “walk about” to share some the pretties in my world.


Over the years I have grown several clematis vines. All have been lovely, but some easier than others. My first was Jackmanii, a deep purple flower on juxtaposed on bright green foliage climbing high on a trellis.  I no longer have one of these in my home gardens but here is one on the trellis in the school garden that I manage. Gorgeous, deep, deep purple velvety blooms make this variety very memorable.

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Jackmanii Clematis, North Woods International School, © Carol Labuzzetta, 2018

Then, I have a Ville de Lyon or Contessa de Bouchard, one of which might be my favorite and one that died back. I believe this is photo below is of Ville de Lyon. The vibrant blooms are so rich and pink!  This variety has been growing on my back obelisk for the last ten years. Some of my favorite photographs reflect this beauty.


Now, I have a new variety, who’s name is Clematis Nelly Moser. It has pink -white blooms with darker veining. This stunning plant is in bloom right now in my front yard. I really do have to go get another obelisk for it and some kind of accent light. I waited all summer to add those aesthetic features last year, and then, it become too late. The photos of this variety say it all.







In the school garden I manage, there is a walk-through trellis with Sweet Autumn Clematis covering the structure. I inherited this plant and while I can take no credit in its beautiful blooms and growth habit, I can still revel in its beauty!

Image by Jan Haerer from Pixabay

Clematis are tricky. Despite their beauty, one needs to learn how and when to prune them back. I am sure this has been a stumbling block for me in the past. I can never seem to keep it straight or find where I recorded the information on pruning.  In any case, I can still appreciate their shades when they flower.

Next up: Prairie Plants Starting to Bloom: Monarda and Lupine

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