Clematis Guiding Promise

Clematis Guiding Promise


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Compact in size and not overbearing, Clematis Guiding Promise is a lovely variety for a well-placed container or for planting in a mixed border to wander through other plants or climb an ornamental obelisk. The large, deep purple flowers have decoratively ruffled edges and will flower from late spring with a second flush of blooms in autumn.

Clematis have their roots in the Far East. The first example, C. Viticella, arrived in Europe in the mid-16th century. Two centuries later, the Victorians bred numerous varieties and their popularity continues. The native climber is C. Vitalba, a familiar sight in autumn hedgerows, the fluffy seed heads explaining the traditional name: Old Man’s Beard.


Flowers from May to July then a second flush in autumn

  • Well drained, fertile soil
  • Container
  • Full sun, partial shade
  • South, east, west facing

Clematis likes cool roots, try to position it so that the roots will be shaded from the sun by another plant. Consider the space it will need to climb and provide a suitable structure - trellis, obelisk or other plant - to scramble through. Plant in a container in John Innes No. 3. Minor pruning to tidy in early spring and after flowering.