Clematis EDDA (syn. ‘Evipo074′) (Evison 2014) – This member of the Boulevard collection is ideal for growing in containers on patios or balconies. It features lavender-purple blooms highlighted with a raspberry bar that are produced on new wood from late May to October. The flowers fade somewhat in full sun exposures. Grows 3-4’ tall. Pruning Group C. Hardy to zone 4.
Clematis RUUTEL (syn. ‘RobloM’) (Kivistik 1980) – A free flowering cultivar with red to deep maroon blooms borne on new wood from June to September. These are nicely contrasted by dark stamens and also make excellent cut flowers. Given its compact growth habit and cold hardiness, it is a good choice for containers. Grows 6-8′ tall. Pruning Group C. Zone 3.
Cematis florida ‘Alba Plena’ (syn. ‘Florida Plena’ ) (introduced to Europe in 1835) – A stunning choice for an Alba garden with its June to October double white blooms that open with a hint of green. Pair with Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ or ‘Little Lime’. This Chinese native requires a sheltered, sunny site as it is a bit tender. Grows 6-8′ tall. Pruning Group C. Zone 7.
Clematis ‘Scartho Gem’ (Pennell 1962) – This UK introduction was named for the village near where it was bred and features large blooms of pale pink with a broad darker bar and pink-tipped stamens. The flowers often have a wavy margin and the early flush is usually semi-double in form. A cross of ‘Lincoln Star’ and ‘Mrs N Thompson’. Grows 6-8′ tall. Pruning Group B. Zone 4.
Clematis ‘Minister’ (Kivistik 1982) – An Estonian introduction with lavender-blue blooms often accented with a pink bar – these are borne in May-June and again from August to September. The early flush is occasionally double or semi-double in form, with the latter being single. It is easily grown in a container and has ‘Hagley Hybrid’ as a parent. Grows 6-8′. Pruning Group B. Z4.