Bare root clematis from Hallson Gardens?
I know that those pathetic bare root clematis sold in box stores are frowned upon, but has anybody tried the bare root clematis sold by Hallson Gardens in Michigan? They currently offer 'Rooguchi' and 'Durandii' for spring.
I have ordered other bare root perennials from them last year and they have been HUGE. When they say 3rd year plants, they mean it. Everything has been very healthy too and nothing has arrived dried out or moldy. (I have no ties to the company, just a happy customer.)
In any case, my question is if all bare root clematis are a no-no, or if bare roots that (in theory, at least) are large and fresh would stand a chance of doing well? Would you guys grow these on in a pot first or plant them directly in the garden?
I am looking for varieties to plant among my mixed perennial/rose beds which will be vigorous and floriferous without smothering the other plants. I thought 'Rooguchi' and 'Durandii' looked perfect! :-)
I have a spring order pending from Brushwood as well.
Thanks in advance for any comments or input,