Clematis "Rooguchi," (viticella)
Princess Diana (texensis)
I went to a great program on Tuesday presented by the Georgia Perennial Plant Association (GPPA), with Lyndy Broder speaking about clematis. I can see them becoming a new addiction for me! The last one was salvias, which have taken over the perennial bed at the Stepchild Garden, and then it was achilleas.....
Lyndy is on the Board of the International Clematis Society, grows hundreds of them, and clearly knows her stuff. For those who want to give them a try (or try some new cultivars), these are the ten she recommends most highly for Georgia (and I'm assuming other Southeastern) gardens (the bloom time listed in for Atlanta):
Arabella (integrifolia) blue-mauve, blooming April to Sept; trails on the ground
Betty Corning (viticella), pale blue, blooms May-August, a climber;
Duchess of Albany (texensis), bright pink, blooms April to October, climber;
Etoile Violette (viticella), dark purple, blooms April to October, climber
Henryii (early large), white, blooms April to July, climber;
Josephine (early large), double pink, blooms April to September, climber;
Madame Julia Correvon (viticella), wine red, blooms April to September, climber;
Princess Diana (texensis), luminous pink, blooms May to September, climber
Rooguchi (viticella), purple, blooms April to September, 3 feet tall
Venosa Violacea (viticella), white with purple veining, blooms May to October, climber.
I only bought three (from Dan Long of Brushwood Nursery, http://www.gardenvines.com/):
Duchess of Albany, Rooguchi, and Princess Diana (all of the photos are from their website). Will keep you posted on how they do.....