Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PLANT OF THE WEEK: Raymond Evison Clematis

pictured above: Clematis 'Evijohil' (Josephine)

When these beauties were introduced in 2004, they were hailed as "the next generation of clematis," boasting bold, long-blooming flowers, and showing no "tempermental" qualities as some clematis are rumored to do.

Well, they certainly have proven themselves to be "all that" since then, and we ADORE them. They truly are the longest blooming clematis, flowering from late spring into fall, with some blooms even lasting until frost. The colors are spectacular, and cover the vines from top to bottom.
Read more about them on the Raymond Evison (UK) site.

This blog writer personally has never had a spot of trouble growing clematis, but everyone tells me that these are "easier to grow", less prone to diseases and just all-around heartier than other older cultivars. It's the macho clematis. But pretty.

pictured above: Clematis 'Evipo 016' (Rebecca)

And one of the best qualities of these RE Clematis is that they have a compact growth habit of up to 7-9 feet when mature (with some only getting 3-4 ft), so you can grow them successfully in pots and smaller trellises. I love to grow them right in the center of my perennial borders on small ironwork or a shrub.

Right now we have a bunch of these beauties in stock and flowering: Rebecca, Rosemoor, Ice Blue, Arctic Queen, Josephine, Picardy, Franziska Maria and Bourbon. As soon as you see them, you'll want one, so come on in and pick yours up!

That's the man we have to thank for these lovelies, above. And here's a brief article about Raymond, his Clematis breeding and "his engagingly quirky nature", if you want to learn more.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

PLANT OF THE WEEK: Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'

Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk'

Burkwood Viburnum are some of the best all-around Viburnum--nice foliage, attractive, fragrant flowers, good upright, rounded growth habit, and all-around reliable plants. We love them!

But 'Mohawk' has to be one of the absolute best. It starts with clusters of glossy, dark rosy-red flower buds (tons of them) that open to white flowers with red blotches on the undersides of the petals. They're very, very pretty, no doubt, but it's the fragrance of this extraordinary shrub that is so spectacular. If only we had a little "smell-evision" on this blog.

This blog's author has two gorgeous specimens behind her large house that she can smell when she opens the front door. Truly one of the best smells on the planet.

It grows well in many exposures and soils, but performs best in sun, or in light shade where it's super hot. Grows to 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide. You gotta plant one.