Clematis, sometimes referred to as the Queen of Vines, offer astonishing color in the landscape. There are over 300 remarkable species. Flowers can be single, multi-petal or bell-shaped. And range in color from red, pink, purple, lavender, blue, white, yellow and multi-color. Most gardeners are familiar with Clematis grown as vines but there are also…

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Clematis are a popular choice for adding vertical interest to a landscape. There are so many stunning flower colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.  You can find varieties that bloom in early spring, while others don’t start flowering until August. The majority of Clematis have green leaves but there are also knockouts with gold…

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Clematis ‘Stand By Me’ This is a striking blue flowered bush Clematis. It only grows to 38”. ‘Stand By Me’ peak bloom time is May and June, although there is some re-bloom during summer months. After it is finished blooming, attractive cream thread-like seed heads draw the eye. Broad, green foliage completes the package of…

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Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’ This Northeast native perennial creates waves in shade gardens. It has always been one that folks ask about in my display gardens. The steely blue, lacey leaves provide an impressive backdrop to white fuzzy flowers that appear in late Spring. These flowers develop into panicles of showy white fruits (“doll’s eyes”)…

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My goodness this was wonderful to be able to learn something on line when I have the time to look at it. Can’t wait to use some of the vine ideas on a front entrance area to my church. It has big cedar trees that had the lower branches cut off and now they look…

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My fourth flower gardening Webinar (online lecture) is fast approaching – the live broadcast is Thursday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (although you don’t have to ‘attend’ the live event to enjoy the lecture). I’ll be talking about amazing spring, summer and fall blooming flowering vines – annual, perennial and woody climbers. The lecture…

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I’m really excited about next month’s Webinar featuring stunning flowering vines and how to use them creatively in the landscape. I’ve been adding many new varieties that are also ideal for containers. The live broadcast is Thursday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST. One of the few flowering vines that tolerates shade is False Climbing…

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Climbing vines contribute a valuable third dimension to a garden, an especially valuable component in small spaces or where tall blank walls cry out for décor. In addition to creating an enchanting floral panel, they can also be highly functional, serving as privacy screens, hiding eyesores, or shelter from hot afternoon sun. But before you…

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