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Climber Wall Shrub

Clematis 'Taiga'PBR (d)

clematis 'Taiga'

Deciduous climber to 2.5m tall, with mid-green leaves and blue-purple flowers tipped greenish-white on the frilly tepals, which open to fully double flower rosettes, from summer through to autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Blue Green Purple Green
Autumn Blue Green Purple Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seedheads in autumn

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, in a warm, sheltered position in full sun. Plant with the crown 5-8cm deep to encourage new shoots to grow from below ground level. Can be grown in containers, at least 45cm deep and wide, in a soil-based potting compost, ideal for conservatory cultivation. See also clematis cultivation for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning (Clematis) Group 3 - Cut back last year's stems to a pair of strong buds 20cm above soil level before new growth begins in early spring

Pests

Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

May suffer from Clematis wilt and occasionally Clematis slime flux

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