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Clematis Belle of Woking

Blue Clematis Belle of Woking, Clematis Vine

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With double petals and pale blue tones, Belle of Woking Clematis is elegant and classy. Belle of Woking produces 4-6” blooms and thrives when planted near a trellis, lamppost or arbor. Belle of Woking, was introduced in 1875, and is still one of the most treasured of all. Clematis add a unique interest to any garden of any size and are a great cut flower for arrangements. (Clematis)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Fragrant
Fragrant
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 72-96" tall (6-8 feet), Up to 36" wide
Bloom Time Early summer then again in late summer
Size Plant - 4" pot
SKU 15CLEM

Plant Information

Spectacularly beautiful Belle of Woking was introduced in 1875 by Jackman and Son in England---the name in early clematis breeding. And it was...and is...so beautiful, its never really been equaled. Oh, there are other doubles, but this one is still the standard. The silvery petals go from mauve to a light blue as they age. And best of all, you have two flushes of bloom with the Belle. She blooms early on old wood (last years stems) and then again on the new growth before fall.

Woking is a large town in Surrey a few miles from London, where the Jackman Nursery was established in 1810. The Jackmans, fathers and sons, continued the nursery over five generations, ending in 1967. Of course, the world favorite, Clematis Jackmanii is their crowning achievement, but the family must have known a very beautiful belle who lived in their old hometown in Victorian times!

Belle of Woking is a type 2 Clematis. Clematis in this group produce flowers from both the prior year's growth and the current seasons. The best time to prune them is in early spring.

Growing Clematis: If you're already a clematis grower, you know all this. But if you're not, here's all you need to know.

First of all, there are several kinds of clematis, but most people want to grow the large-flowered types. For some info on the others, go to the bottom of this page.

Basic Requirements: First of all, clematis vines always want their roots shaded, and the plant growing up into full sun. That means you can put some shallow-rooted groundcover around the roots, or simply some mulch--just something to keep the hot sun off the root run, and promote moisture retention in that spot. But be sure your vine grows into plenty of sunlight, which promotes heavy flowering.

Soil is important. Clematis do best in neutral or slightly alkaline soils, but they are somewhat adaptable. If you have very acid soil, try to add some calcium when you plant. Also, be sure to dig the hole deep. Remember you're planning to have this plant in place for decades.

ClematisWhere to plant is important. These incredible vines are some of the most beautiful flowering plants, and we've all seen them blooming lavishly on fences, porches and trellises. They're not really hard to grow, and they get larger and stronger every year. Sometimes they take their time getting going, so be patient. It usually takes about two years for a newly-planted vine to come into its own. The large-flowered types are hardy into the very cold north, so almost everyone can use them. Be sure to place yours so it has something to climb---fence, trellis, or post.

Winter and spring care are important. In very cold places (like Vermont, where I grew them for years), the winter kills the whole vine right down to the dirt. They actually disappear. Then in the spring, they are somewhat slow to emerge, so you must protect the spot, and watch for the shoots. Once they pop up, they grow fast, but beware--they are brittle! If you happen to break off the young spring shoots, it sets the vine back terribly, so its important to watch and care for the new shoots until they really get going up your post or trellis.

Once that happens, it helps to gently guide the vining shoots as they find their way upward. You can actually arrange your vine as it grows, but again, be gentle; the stems remain brittle. Soon you'll see buds, and then suddenly one day, they begin to open. Most popular clematis varieties open incredibly large flowers, often as large as 5 to 8 across. They face the sunniest side of your trellis, and well, just take a look at the photo (That's Clematis Nelly Moser vining up a lamp post.). Nothing makes a lovelier display.

Bloom Season: In Vermont, most large-flowered clematis bloom from early July all summer long into September. But the varieties vary; check the individual information on each clematis page. Always deadhead the flowers as they fade, and you'll have a magnificent display for months.

Other types: The wild North American clematis, commonly called Virgins Bower has small white flowers that cover the large vine. The Montana types have smaller flowers than the large-flowered ones, but they create a much larger mass of vine. Montana clematis are wonderful for covering a roof or large area of fence. Unfortunately, both Virgins Bower and Montana clematis are limited to central and southern zones, not hardy in the far north like the large-flowered favorites.

The Viticella Group, sometimes called the Italian Clematis, has vines similar to the Large-Flowered group, but usually forms a larger mass and has very heavy bloom of somewhat smaller flowers.

For more info: take a look at the fantastic All-about-Clematis site, Clematis.com.

SKU 15CLEM
Botanical Name Clematis
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Blue
Flower Size 5-8" flowers
Mature Height 72-96" tall (6-8 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread Up to 36" wide
Bloom Time Early summer then again in late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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      Comments about American Meadows Clematis Belle of Woking:

      I am using this Clematis as a centerpiece for a flower bed, they seemed so tender when they arrived but once planted it did not take long before they were growing larger and strong. They were actually planted a little late but still had some small blooms, I can't wait to see how they grow and bloom next year.

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      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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