June 28, 2013
Enjoying My Clematis Pergola
I have always loved the flowering vine called clematis and over the years, I have grown many varieties of this lovely plant. When I bought my farm in Bedford, I knew I wanted to build a long pergola and have clematis growing all over it. After the pergola was constructed, I concentrated on planting blue-flowering varieties. Each year, the flower display gets better and better and this season, the flowers are just spectacular!
1 The clematis pergola at the farm is especially beautiful this year.
2 The uprights for this pergola are antique granite posts from China. They were used as grape supports in a valley that was going to be dammed and flooded to create a reservoir.
3 A friend of mine acquired a lot of stone from this valley and I purchased a couple hundred of these posts. They're perfect as posts because they don't rot like wood does and I wish I had bought more of them.
4 Steel wire was wrapped around each post of this long pergola so that the climbing tendrils of the clematis vines can attach and climb easily. Those varieties without tendrils are attached to the wires with garden ties.
5 In addition to the blue clematis, the outside borders are thickly planted with nepeta, or cat mint. I love the way all this blue looks.
6 After growing for several years, the clematis were given a rejuvenation last autumn by cutting all of the vines down to just 3 to 4-inches tall. The entire border was also fed at that time with triple super phosphate.
7 I think that rejuvenation really worked! This is clematis viticella 'Betty Corning'.
8 A closeup of viticella 'Betty Corning', which has a pretty bell-shaped flower
9 Clematis 'Daniel Deronda'
10 Clematis 'Arabella'
11 Clematis 'Eyers Gift'
12 Clematis 'Parisienne'
13 Clematis are mainly of Chinese and Japanese origin.
14 Clematis 'Blue Ravine' - Bees love clematis.
15 Another bee, another flower
16 Clematis 'Rhapsody'
17 There are several different varieties planted along the pergola, but each pair of posts supports the same kind.
18 This prolific bloomer is clematis integrifolia 'Arabella.'
19 It's hard to believe that it's grown so much after such a drastic pruning!
20 Clematis 'Fairy Blue'
21 Clematis 'Blue Angel' growing on the same post as a vivid violet-purple 'Jackmanii'