Clematis 'Ascotiensis'

Clematis 'Ascotiensis'
Description:  An old variety but still deservedly popular.  The large blue flowers with cream central boss are seen from mid summer to autumn.

Uses: A compact growing clematis which is ideal for growing through a climbing rose, large shrub or tree.  As it is cut down hard each year it will not grow to overburden the host plant.  As compact also suitable for growing in a container. 

Climate/Position:  Partial shade will ensure the flower strip is stronger but suitable for any aspect.   Ideally plant against a wall or fence which is sheltered from wind.  

Height/Spread:   Reaches up to 2 - 3 metres x 1 metre

Soil Requirements:  Humus rich, fertile and well drained soil. The roots of clematis like to be kept cool.

Pruning:  Clematis Group 2   As these Clematis flower on the new growth of the season the stems are best but back hard in the spring before growth starts.  Cut thin shoots near to the ground and stronger shoots should be cut back hard to a strong bud 20 cm above the ground in February to March.

Special Requirements: To keep roots cool you can plant amongst low growing shrubs. If planting in containers, ensure the pot is large enough to ensure roots are not restricted too much.  Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost in spring after pruning.  This helps feed the plant and also aids water retention

Additional Interest: Raised by John Standish in 1871 The name Clematis comes from the Greek word 'klema' meaning vine branch. Refers to the vine-like habit of many of the species.