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
Early Large-flowered clematis have large star-shaped flowers in early summer, often with a second flowering in late summer
'Niobe' is a small to medium-sized deciduous climber. Single flowers are 15cm wide with six deep velvety ruby-red sepals that age to wine-red and greenish-yellow stamens. Flowers from late spring to early autumn.