All About Clematis Varieties – Part 1

All About Clematis Varieties

Looking to learn more about clematis varieties and how they can add variety to your property? Clematis plants are among the most popular and attractive flowering vines grown in the home landscape.

Clematis vines are a fantastic group of plants offering unforgettable, bold seasonal colour that range from pure white to deep, dark purples and even bi-colour varieties. From the beautiful, large-flowered hybrids to the more subtle but equally stunning smaller flowered species, these plants have definitely earned their place in the spotlight. Bloom time ranges from late spring to fall, depending on the type & variety. If your garden is planned well, you could have clematis in bloom throughout the growing season.

Once established, looking after Clematis vines are easy.  They do not require a lot of maintenance with the exception of watering. They should be watered about an inch (2.5 cm.) or so weekly, and more deeply during dry spells. Mulch is important for Clematis in both the summer for water retention and in the winter for root protection so be sure to replenish it each spring.

You may find these varieties or more when you visit the garden centre.

Check out our list below to learn more about them!


This variety provides an abundance of medium-sized flowers in a wonderful powdery blue color with brightly contrasting centers. One of the heaviest bloomers. More like a perennial than a vine, tends to mound, and makes a great groundcover in the garden.


An exciting new look, this double flowered climber blooms profusely with a multitude of two-tone, magenta & pink flowers over a long period. Unique & robust.

Bees Jubilee

A compact and very showy large-flowered variety, 'Bees' Jubilee' Clematis produces masses of large flowers 6" to 8" across in soft, mauve pink with bright carmine bars. Blooms from June to September.

Cardinal Wyszynski

Spectacular free flowing, large 6”-8” cardinal red flowers produced on a vigorous vine. Plant in full sun & you will be rewarded with an awesome display.

Daniel Deronda

The large, semi-double flowers are violet blue to deep purple blooms with creamy yellow centers. The flowers (7" to 9") appear in May and June, then bloom again as single blooms in September.

Dr. Ruppel

Durable & long-lived. Large-flowered variety, produces masses of very beautiful, delicately ruffled, pale pink flowers with lighter edges that are a whopping to 5”-8”.

Duchess of Edinburgh

This regal lady adds a touch of elegance to the garden. Luminous, pure white fully double flowers cover this vine. Blooms late spring & late summer.

Elsa Spath

A beautiful, reliable selection that produces a profusion of blue flowers with lavender tones. Long flowering, it is a good choice for training on walls, trellises, etc.

Ernest Markham

Vivid magenta-red blooms with gold anthers cover vigorous vines all summer long on current year’s growth. Blooms June - July then profusely from Aug. to Oct.

Gillian Blades

Gracefully tumbling over fences, up trellises or through shrubbery, this Clematis features white ruffled 6” flowers with pronounced crimped edges that are quite elegant. Frilly stamen in creamy yellow add to their charm. The 7" to 9" flowers bloom May, June and September a compact plant.

Guernsey Cream

A magnificent large-flowered variety, produces such an abundance of luminous flowers, 5-6 in. across, that they cover the foliage entirely.

H. F. Young

A woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth, grows 8 to 10 feet. It produces single, bluish flowers 6 to 8 inches across with a greenish white bar on the reverse side in late spring to early summer and then again in early autumn.

Hagley Hybrid

A beautifully soft variety with speckled subtle shell pink to pinky mauve becoming lighter as they age. A large, flowered variety of 5-6” bloom from June to September.

Haku Ookan

Dubbed ‘White Royal Crown’ for its marvelous cluster of large alabaster-colored stamens, this Clematis has stunning pointed, overlapping violet-blue petals with veined pale purple central bars. The 6 in. wide blooms occasionally present as semi-doubles, but always promise a repeat autumn showing.


Regarded as one of the biggest white clematis, Henryi is a vigorous climber with huge 6-8”, luminous, pure white flowers with purple-ish brown anthers. Blooms twice during the season.

Horn of Plenty

You'll have plenty of pink, purple and mauve colored flowers as they appear in spring in many hues. Features large 7" Clematis flowers that appear with blooms of deep mauve with pink highlights that will keep up all season.


This Clematis stands out, even at night and is considered the best repeat blooming white clematis. Masses of medium sized, luminous, translucent, pearly white flowers from July to October.


An all-time favourite, this sun loving, vigorous yet compact vine sports spectacular deep purple flowers. A rapid grower, it blooms all summer long.

Jackmanii Superba

Rich, regal and reliable, this Clematis is showing flowers that are slightly broader and a deeper violet-purple than those of the ‘Jackmanii’ will cover the vine right into fall.

General Sikorski

Profuse, 6-8" across, dark lavender flowers with a tinge of red on the center & creamy stamens cover this vine in early summer & again later in summer.


A very interesting Clematis that sports flowers resembling Dahlias. The flamboyant flowers are regarded as one of the best pink double varieities. Large, attractive pinkish mauve with fluffy centres.


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