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Clematis

Clematis is undoubtedly the most versatile vine you can grow. Few other climbers offer such a broad range of bloom colors, shapes, and seasons. Dwarf clematis are great for growing in containers or along decks and patios; medium-size varieties look great intertwined in small trees. For a knockout mix, plant a blue or white clematis with a red climbing rose.

Most clematis grow best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

Note: All parts of clematis are poisonous.

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Climbs from 4-30 feet, depending on type

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'Alba Luxurians' clematis
'Alba Luxurians' clematis
Clematis viticella 'Alba Luxurians' blooms from midsummer to fall, bearing white flowers with green petal tips. It's quite vigorous, climbing to 12 feet. Zones 5-9
Alpine clematis
Alpine clematis
Clematis alpina blooms spring and early summer in shades of blue, lavender, and white. Its fluffy seed heads look great in summer and fall. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 5-9
'Avant Garde' clematis
'Avant Garde' clematis
Clematis 'Avant Garde' offers unique burgundy flowers that are graced a frilly pink center. It begins blooming in summer and continues through autumn. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-8
'Bee's Jubilee' clematis
'Bee's Jubilee' clematis
Clematis 'Bee's Jubilee' is a compact selection with deep pink flowers banded with red. It blooms in late spring and early summer and climbs to 8 feet tall. Zones 4-9
'Betty Corning'  Clematis
'Betty Corning' Clematis
Clematis 'Betty Corning' produces faintly scented lavender-blue flowers throughout the summer. It has good disease resistance and climbs to 10 feet. Zones 5-9
Blue Light clematis
Blue Light clematis
Clematis 'Vanso' is an exquisite selection with double lavender-purple flowers in spring and again in fall. It climbs to 8 feet. Zones 4-8
'Blue Ravine' clematis
'Blue Ravine' clematis
Clematis 'Blue Ravine' produces large, lilac-blue flowers blushed with pink in spring and again in late summer. It climbs to 12 feet tall. Zones 4-9
'Daniel Deronda' clematis
'Daniel Deronda' clematis
Clematis 'Daniel Deronda' bears starry, dark, purple-blue flowers in spring, then again in summer through fall. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
'Duchess of Albany' clematis
'Duchess of Albany' clematis
Clematis 'Duchess of Albany' offers tulip-shape pink flowers from summer to fall. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
'Duchess of Edinburgh' clematis
'Duchess of Edinburgh' clematis
Clematis 'Duchess of Edinburgh' puts on a show with double white flowers in early summer with a repeat performance in late summer. This heirloom clematis grows 8 feet tall and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
'Gillian Blades' clematis
'Gillian Blades' clematis
Clematis 'Gillian Blades' is a stunning selection with ruffled white blooms in late spring and early summer then again in late summer and early fall. It climbs to 8 feet tall. Zones 5-8
'Hagley Hybrid' clematis
'Hagley Hybrid' clematis
Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid' bears single pinkish-purple blooms throughout the summer. It climbs to 6 feet. Zones 4-9
Henry's clematis
Henry's clematis
Clematis 'Henryi' bears huge white flowers throughout the summer. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
Jackmanii clematis
Jackmanii clematis
Clematis 'Jackmanii' is one of the most common -- and popular -- varieties. It bears dark purple flowers throughout the summer and climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
Josephine clematis
Josephine clematis
Clematis 'Evijohill' bears unusual double lilac-pink flowers through summer and early fall. It climbs to 7 feet. Zones 4-9
'Mme. Julia Correvon' clematis
'Mme. Julia Correvon' clematis
Clematis 'Mme. Julia Correvon' bears bright magenta-red flowers all summer and fall. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 5-9
'Nelly Moser' clematis
'Nelly Moser' clematis
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' has creamy-pink flowers with a bright pink stripe down each petal. It blooms in early summer and again in late summer. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
'Niobe' clematis
'Niobe' clematis
Clematis 'Niobe' bears deep red flowers in summer. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
Pink anemone clematis
Pink anemone clematis
Clematis montana var. rubens bears pink flowers in late spring and early summer on vigorous vines that climb to 30 feet. Zones 6-9
'Princess Diana' clematis
'Princess Diana' clematis
Clematis 'Princess Diana' produces stunning, rich pink, tuliplike flowers all summer and fall. It climbs to 12 feet tall. Zones 4-9
'Rhapsody' clematis
'Rhapsody' clematis
Clematis 'Rhapsody' produces a plethora of sapphire-blue flowers from early summer to early autumn. It climbs to 10 feet tall. Zones 5-8
Russian clematis
Russian clematis
Clematis tangutica offers unusual, golden bell-shape flowers from midsummer to fall. It climbs to 20 feet. Zones 6-9
'Silver Moon' clematis
'Silver Moon' clematis
Clematis 'Silver Moon' bears silvery-lilac flowers from summer to early fall. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
Sweet autumn clematis
Sweet autumn clematis
Clematis terniflora blooms well even in shade, producing masses of starry white flowers with a strong fragrance in late summer and autumn. It climbs to 20 feet. Zones 4-9
'Veronica's Choice' clematis
'Veronica's Choice' clematis
Clematis 'Veronica's Choice' bears large, semidouble lavender-pink flowers that fade to nearly white. It blooms from early to late summer and climbs to 10 feet. Zones 5-8
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