Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love' Description
'Sweet Summer Love' clematis is the first sweet autumn clematis to bloom in color! A single plant produces thousands of flowers, each with a refreshing and alluring cherry vanilla fragrance. Imagine that scent on the warm summer breeze - it's magical!
Clematis are the queen of the climbers. They prefer 4 hours or more of sun each day, preferring to be shaded during the hottest part of the day. They do their best in a loamy, moisture retentive soil.
Beginning in summer, when most clematis are not blooming, and lasting well into fall, thousands of cranberry colored blooms appear on this climbing vine, scenting the air and looking crisp & sharp against the green foliage.
Head-turning blooms open red, then purple to violet with hues varying depending on light intensity.
Developed by master clematis breeder, Szczepan Marczynski of Poland, this vigorous climber has won awards all over the world.
Clematis are a low maintenance flowering vine. No complex pruning required - just cut back in spring to about 12-18" above the ground.
Clematis add vertical interest to fences, trellises, mailboxes and more. You can even use them as a large scale groundcover weaving through flowering shrubs, KnockOut Roses, or butterfly bush.
Special features: Cold hardy, Color change, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Easy care, Fast growing, Fragrance, Long blooming, Season extender, Award winner
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- Botanical name:
Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'
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Full sun, Part shade
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- Height x width:
10-15' x 10-15'
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Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Ground cover, Slopes, Under planting vines and climbers
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- Patent #:PP24044
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Soil: well-drained soils are essential for success with clematis. They have big, thick, fleshy, rope-like roots that also benefit from loose soils, which can make clay problematic. They do prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soils but ultimately, good drainage is far more important than "proper" pH.
Light: Full sun to part shade. The old saying for clematis is, "Feet in the shade, head in the sun," so its best if the vines get plenty of sunshine but the roots stay cool and shaded, either with neighboring plants or mulch.
Spacing: Because they are vines, spacing is not as crucial for clematis as for other woody plants. 2-3' apart should be fine in most situations.
Fertilizing: fertilizer is not necessary, but you can apply a granular rose fertilizer in early spring if desired.
Winterizing: Aside from a 2-3" layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots, no special winter care is required. Plants should be left standing over winter.
Maintenance & pruning: Prune this clematis to about 18-24" in early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge, making your cuts above where a big, healthy bud can be seen. This may seem extreme, but creates a lush display of flowers from stem to tip. As the plant becomes more mature, it will create more and more growth to recover from the yearly prune, giving you the coverage you desire.
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