European alpine clematis (Clematis alpina) features twining foliage that can reach up to 6 feet tall and nodding, bell-shaped flowers. Now there's a new selection from Holland that boasts attractive golden leaves. Stolwijk Gold clematis (C.alpina 'Stolwijk Gold') has the same vigorous growth habit as other alpine clematis, but has golden foliage that contrasts well with its blue spring flowers. The foliage changes to chartreuse later in summer. Stolwijk Gold is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 7 and the gold foliage color is most vivid if the plant is grown in full sun. Plant it in well drained, fertile soil and provide a strong trellis for this vigorous grower.
For more information on Stolwijk Gold, go to: Plant Delights Nursery.
Article published on November 18, 2008.