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
'Richard Pennell' is a medium-sized deciduous climber. Single full flowers to 20cm in width, with eight broad, overlapping, wavy-edged rosy purple-blue sepals with rose-pink and golden stamens. Flowers late spring to early and late summer.