Clematis integrifolia bears large, nodding, rich blue flowers of the loveliest colour.
And it blooms profusely over spring and summer, making it an unusual garden asset with particularly rich colour.
Because this is a graceful shrub clematis (not a climber).
So it is spectacular in flower beds, rose gardens, pots and tripods, where you can plant it amongst the rose bushes or other flowers, and just leave it to get on with the business of flowering.
Plus the blooms make lovely cut flowers, and the fluffy autumn seed heads are also decorative in the garden and wonderful cut for vases.
Clematis integrifolia grows 60-90cm High and makes a low maintenance, easy growing, perennial clump. it is self supporting, unless you particularly wish to display it on a tripod.
This lovely plant enjoys the same conditions as roses, with the same taste for a fair amount of sun, occasional deep watering, summer feed, mulch and some lime.
Clematis intrgrifolia is frost hardy in winter and also tolerates summer humidity.
It is deciduous, with butter yellow autumn colour foliage.
So the only work is to chop it back to the socks at the end of autumn, and then enjoy the new stems that come again in spring.
It is not at all invasive, having no runners, but instead forming a denser and even more prolific blooming clump each year.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow indoors at any time.
Sow seed in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then lightly cover with seed mix, sand or vermiculite to a depth the same as the diameter of seed.
Ensure the punnet is thoroughly moist all the way through by soaking it in a water-bath and allowing the moisture to percolate through from beneath.
Then place the moist punnet in a well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Temperatures of approx. 15-22C are best for optimum and rapid germination.
Deeds usually germinate in approx. 30 days.
However iff no seeds have germinated after 30 days, then the seeds will need a period of chilling (a “pretend winter”).
So wrap the moist, sown punnet in cling-wrap and place in the fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then bring the punnet out to the well-lit position again, unwrap, and keep at approx. 15-22C. for seeds to sprout.
Do not discard the punnet as it is natural for some seeds to be faster to germinate than others.
SEED COUNT: 12 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).