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Planting question. (I'm cuddled up on sofa with a rotten cold browsing plant catalogues whilst hubby is watching the rugby!) I would like to plant a clematis against a west facing fence where I have cut back a thug of a pyracantha and would like to create some interest looking onto it from the house. I'd like a winter flowering clematis 'Freckles' but it states it needs a 'sunny' position. Or Alpina Foxy' which is classified as a shade loving clematis but flowers in May/April. Which one would be better suited? Has anyone got a non-vigerous early flowering clematis?

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Freckles should be o.k. on a West facing fence. But if not have a look for one of the C. macropetalas, the American equivalent of C. alpina. The one we have flowers beautifully on a South facing wall. Its roots are well in shade though, under the path.

12 Feb, 2017


I have a winter flowering clematis 'cirrhosa' on a west-facing fence. It took a couple of years to really take off but it has the most wonderful nodding bells and they are freckly too, at the end of winter. I have just cut it hard back as it had grown too big so maybe too vigorous for your wants.

12 Feb, 2017


Thank you owdboggy and merlinbabydog. I will get a 'cirrhosa' as I really want some interest in the winter. Taylor clematis looks like a good supplier. It's on my 'to get' list!

13 Feb, 2017

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