Clematis macropetala

One of the delights of spring is to watch the fat, purplish buds of this clematis species opening into dusky blue, semi-double flowers nodding among a mass of fresh green foliage. It was introduced to the West from China in 1910 by William Purdom, who later travelled on an epic plant-hunting expedition through China and Tibet with Reginald Farrer, author of On the Eaves of the World.

Clematis macropetala is one of the most charming plants for a pot, either twining its way up a trellis or trailing over the rim to make a tangle of flowers and foliage on the ground. Its natural height is at most 10 feet (3 m). There is an attractive pink form called ‘Markham’s Pink’, and if your pot is large enough, you could grow the two together.

Like all clematis, this species needs well-drained soil, preferably with lime, ‘Maidenwell Hall’ is a selected form of Clematis macropetala, a spring-flowering species that can grow to 12 feet (3.6 m). The semi-double flowers are followed by silky seedheads.

And there is a case, when planting in a pot. For acquiring some limy soil in the country, and mixing it with decayed manure or compost and bonemeal. For clematis are hungry feeders. Otherwise. Plant in a loam-based compost and give regular liquid feeds.

Pruning should be light, just a trimming of inconvenient shoots, and if you deadhead you will miss the silky seedheads which follow the flowers.

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