The Great Wall of Purple
The Jackman Clematis (Clematis x jackmanii) reached its peak on Sunday. I can tell because that’s when the first purple petals dropped to the ground. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this year we extended the trellis all the way up to the rain gutters, and the Jackman Clematis took full advantage of the new space for climbing.
It is not an exaggeration to say that while in bloom this plant has become a neighborhood landmark – this year even more so than in the past.
Cars actually do stop in the street in front of our house. Fortunately, it is not a busy street. Passing strangers ask about our secret Clematis-growing technique (I wish we had one).
I myself find the mass of rich purple flowers more than a little mesmerizing.
Just to be clear on the question of scale, I am just under 6′ tall. The Clematis is more than double that.
Here’s a view from the side. The Jackman Clematis has filled both sides of the trellis with blooms where it has been allowed to do so.
And a view from the sidewalk in front of the house.
Just recently I finished reading The Plant Lover’s Guide to Clematis, by Linda Beutler. An excellent book, and I’ll post a review of it soon. One thing I learned is that cutting back this Clematis by half after it is done blooming will get you a second flush of blooms in late summer or early fall. Can’t wait to see if it works.