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Clematis 'Freda' (M) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Dark Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Bronze in Spring
Green in Autumn and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

clematis 'Freda'

Family

Ranunculaceae


Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen shrubs or herbaceous perennials, mostly climbing by twining leaf-stalks, and often with showy flowers. Some have attractive fluffy seed-heads in autumn

Montana Group clematis are vigorous deciduous climbers with single, 4-petalled flowers opening in late spring and early summer

'Freda' is a fast-growing climber to 7m, with bronze young foliage and single, deep cherry-pink flowers 5cm across, each petal with a paler central band and surrounding a boss of cream stamens and flowering late spring to early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant in a moisture-retentive, well-drained soil, with the roots and base of the plant kept cool and shaded by other plants or a layer of pebbles at the base. Plant with the crown 5–8cm (2–3in) deep to encourage shoots to grow from below ground level. Best in a sheltered sunny situation

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pests

Young shoots may be troubled by aphids and caterpillars; petals can be eaten by earwigs

Diseases

May suffer from clematis slime flux