• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Clematis × aromatica

scented clematis

scented clematis

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  • Other common names scented clematis

  • 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 seed-heads in autumn

  • Family Ranunculaceae / Ranunculaceae

  • Details C. x aromatica is a non-clinging, woody-based herbaceous perennial to 2m tall, with divided leaves and large sprays of scented, small, single, deep violet flowers 4cm across with contrasting white stamens, the petals with edges rolled under as the flower matures, from early summer to mid autumn

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil. Keep the base of the plant and roots cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles or flat stones at the base. Plant with the crown of the clematis at soil level. Mulch in late winter with garden compost or well-rotted manure, avoiding the immediate crown. Ideal for a border where it can be supported by other plants or useful groundcover

Propagation Divide or take basal cuttings of this semi-herbaceous species in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning (clematis) group 3

Pests Aphids, slugs and snails may attack young growth.

Diseases May be affected by clematis wilt, waterlogging and occasionally clematis green petal caused by adverse growing or cultural conditions - green flowers may develop after unusually cold weather

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