Clematis Olympia

Clematis Olympia

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The single or semi-single flowers of Raymond Evison’s Clematis Olympia (Evipo099) have a depth of colour highlighted by a golden eye. Compact and wonderfully versatile, grow it up a trellis at the back of a border, underplant and allow the blooms to enliven contrasting foliage, or use for impactful container planting.


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.

  • Deciduous
  • Hardy
  • Flowering period: April – August
  • For wall, trellis, pergola, obelisk or to grow through other plants/up trees
  • Any moist, well-drained soil
  • Any aspect
  • Full sun or partial shade
  • Sheltered or exposed

Clematis like full sun or partial shade and moist, but well-drained soil with their roots in the shade. For this, plant the crown 5-8cm (2-3in) beneath the soil, ideally shaded by other plants. Alternatively layer stones on the surface of the soil, which protects the roots from the sun and from drying out.