An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis by Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds

With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated kinds from which to settle on, gardeners and growers were inundated with techniques. much more not easy for a few has been the absence of a unmarried entire reference with which to spot the varied cultivars. This new quantity, written via amazing clematis specialists and subsidized via 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 booklet 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 types which are commencing to be on hand. utilizing daily language, the authors offer plant descriptions that come with info on synonyms, starting place, plant behavior and top, flora, pruning team, flowering interval, cultural specifications, instructed makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is followed by way of greater than 650 great colour images, making this encyclopedia an integral reference and consultant.

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Soil Fertile, loamy soil in the garden is ideal for cultivation of clematis, most of which thrive on a regular supply of balanced nutrients and moisture. In the absence of such soil, or if the soil is not in very good condition, prepare the site before planting a clematis. If the soil is heavy clay, add coarse horticultural grit or sharp sand to improve it. If the soil is sandy, add as much humus (organic matter) as possible. Well-rotted farmyard or horse manure, garden compost, leaf-mould, mushroom compost, or good-quality, proprietary, soil-based potting compost are excellent materials for improving and enriching the soil.

Planting Clematis in the Garden Pot-grown clematis can be planted anytime of year. The ideal time for planting is early autumn to midautumn and spring. Plant when the soil is neither frozen nor very wet, remembering that all clematis require well-drained soil. Autumn is an excellent time for planting most clematis, with the exception of some tender or evergreen plants such as Clematis armandii, C. cirrhosa, and C. forsteri. The upper layers of soil are usually warm and moist Mail order When buying plants through a mail-order specialist, select a well-known, reputable, and reliable nursery.

Maintaining Clematis Plants in Containers Clematis growing in containers need some extra attention and routine care of watering, feeding, training, and tying-in their new growths from spring through early autumn. The amount of nutrients available in potting compost usually lasts for only four to six weeks. Compost also tends to dry out rapidly in containers, especially during hot summer months. Therefore, it is important to feed and water container-grown plants diligently. Do not depend on a passing shower of rain.

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