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By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated types from which to settle on, gardeners and growers were inundated with ideas. much more troublesome for a few has been the absence of a unmarried complete reference with which to spot the various cultivars. This new quantity, written by means of special clematis specialists and subsidized by means of the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photograph encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids.

This long-awaited e-book is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one offers an A — Z listing of greater than 550 vegetation, from the acclaimed large-flowered varieties to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous kinds which are starting to be to be had. utilizing daily language, the authors supply plant descriptions that come with details on synonyms, starting place, plant behavior and top, plants, pruning workforce, flowering interval, cultural specifications, advised makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is observed by way of greater than 650 excellent colour pictures, making this encyclopedia an vital reference and consultant.

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Leeds. New shoot Pinch out Axillary bud Pinch out Pinch out Stages in the development of axillary buds after pinching-out: (from left to right) stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4. Drawing by E. Leeds. Pinch out 58 Chapter Three Maintaining Clematis Plants in the Garden Routine care and maintenance enable newly planted clematis to grow into strong, healthy plants which flower well. Most clematis are voracious feeders and demand a regular supply of water throughout the growing season. When early spring arrives and the buds in the leaf axils begin to swell, it is time to commence pruning the plants, where necessary, followed by mulching and feeding.

Spring care of container plants Plants that overwinter in containers should be repotted in spring or, at the least, have their compost replenished. ) of compost, and replace it with a mixture of two parts loam-based potting compost and one part peat or suitable peat alternative. Ensure that the plant is supported securely, water it thoroughly, and commence feeding. Repotting container plants Not all container-grown clematis perform satisfactorily over many seasons, particularly the large-flowered culti- 59 A pot-bound clematis.

Pinching-out involves removing the growing tips of a plant to force the development of side shoots. This method is often employed by gardeners to create a bushy plant. Leggy clematis plants benefit from this action, although care should be taken to stop pinching-out about six weeks before flowering time begins. Otherwise, the process interferes with the development of flower buds. Through trial and error, the art of pinching-out can be perfected to achieve a handsome, bushy plant with a generous display of buds and flowers.

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