Clematis are well loved for their early spring and summer flowers, however there are varieties that not only start the season, they also end the summer with another flush of blooms. One of the best of these repeat bloomers is ' Veronica's Choice '.
This beauty features huge, fully double, mauve flowers with lavender streaks. The flowers can reach 9 inches in diameter, and the vines climb to 6 to 8 feet tall. 'Veronica's Choice' blooms in late spring on old wood and again in late summer on new growth. The late-summer flowers sometimes emerge as single blooms. In fall, the fluffy seed heads offer interest as cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
'Veronica's Choice' is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 9 and grows best in part sun on well-drained, moist soil. Prune for shape in spring before spring growth emerges.
For more information on 'Veronica's Choice' clematis, go to:Wayside Gardens.
Article published on July 16, 2007.