Perennials / vines

Clemactic joys and sorrows: I need a clematis-growing support group

An editor I work with does not like her writers to use phrases like clematisaholic or clematisphile and I’m on-board with that — it does seem to make light of very real and serious issues. That said, this week alone I purchased ‘Carnaby’ (sometimes reported as zone 5) and ‘Venosa Violacea’  and transplanted Clematis Virginiana … Continue reading

Perennials / shade gardening / vines

“Comtesse de Bouchaud”: A Clematis for Nearly Full-Shade!

We shade gardening fools know  that flowering vines that tolerate shade are few and far between. Well, I have numerous buds on a newly planted ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ Clematis, in two separate shady spots, and I am “to the moon!” ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’ is the variety of clematis that likes a hard pruning to the … Continue reading