Clematis rehderiana


Clematis Rhederiana is a very unusual nodding species of sweetly scented clematis that looks a bit like cowslip or a yellow bluebell. If you’re looking for something a little different that not many people own this is the one. Awarded The ‘Award of Garden Merit’ by the RHS in 1993.

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Clematis Rehderiana is a vigorous clematis that’s perplexingly rare. It flowers from late summer into autumn, producing an array of lemon-yellow, bell-shaped flowers that look like fairy skirts. This one’s a romper, and will happily colonise a house wall or fence if given sturdy support. It’s fully hardy, so no need to panic about protection in winter.Perfect for problem areas such as a north-facing wall, the roots need the shade, though the upper regions will benefit from a few hours’ sunbathing a day. If it gets out of hand, prune back the old stems in February or March, to the lowest pair of healthy buds. Don’t forget this is one big plant once it gets cracking: a drawback only if you lack the space. Allow for an eventual height and spread of 7m x 3m.

Oh! The flowers smell of cowslips, and bees and butterflies love it.
Position: Does well on all aspects including here at Lewis Cottage on a North facing wall.
Soil: Most types – does really well here on our clay soil
Rate of growth: Rapid
Flowering period: Late summer to autumn
Hardiness: hardy
Pot size: 2L
Eventual height and spread: 7m x 3m