Pruning Group 3 - hard prune in early spring.
This group comprises cultivars originating from Clematis Integrifolia. These are non-climbing plants that scramble through other plants such as shrubs, leaning on or against their supports, growing through perennials, bushes or small trees. They can be used very successfully as ground cover. The plants listed below may grow to 2 - 3 metres. Flowers are borne on new wood from mid to late summer and into autumn (between June and October). As perennials, they die out to the ground, and therefore have to be cut back at ground level in spring.
Most named cultivars of these groups are easy to grow.
C. 'Alionushka' - relatively large deep pink bell-shaped flowers with fancifully twisted sepals, up to 1.5 m. C. 'Arabella' - fully open violet blue flowers borne abundantly and over an exceptionally long time, from June to October. Makes a good ground cover plant. C. × diversifolia 'Heather Herschell' - small, nodding, soft to deep pink flowers. Grows 1.3 - 1.6 metres. C. × durandii ['Durandii'] - intense blue and fully open flowers, the largest in the whole Integrifolia Group (8-10 cm), are ideally suited for cut flower. It grows up to 1,5 -2 m. C. integrifolia - small nodding bell shaped blue-mauve flowers with recurving tepals. Grows to about 1 metre. Sometimes fragrant and in different colors. C. 'Juuli' - rosy-purple flowers maturing to lavender-blue with a pinker bar. Grows to 1.2 - 2 metres. C. 'Sizaja Ptitza' - small, nodding, soft to deep pink flowers. Grows 1.3 - 1.6 metres.
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