pairing clematis by colours

tcskitten(6)June 25, 2011

Hello to all you expert clematis folk! I am located in z6 with acidic clay soil, here in Nova Scotia, Canada.

At 61 years young, hubby and I decided to downsize our home and gardening/lawn space. :)

Gone are the large gardens AND their maintenance! Now its mostly the smaller Hydrangea, and easy care perennials I have. The clematis have always intrigued me, so much so that I had in the past, started several from seed. Anyways, I don't mean to talk your eyes out here, but is there any site that offers ideas on what colours of clematis, pair up nicely with other clematis?

Thank you for any help you can offer me.

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plantloverkat north Houston(zone 9a)

I think that what pairs nicely together is largely a matter of personal preference - everyone has different tastes. If you search through old posts here and on the clematis gallery, you will probably find some photos of combinations that you like. Sometimes online vendors will also make a suggestion on their website - for instance, I used Hummingbird Farm's idea "Alionushka looks stunning planted with Rooguchi" when planting new vines this year. I have also seen some nice pairing ideas on the website of a Dutch nursery. I'll include the link below. You can scroll down through the photos on the right hand side of the page. You could also try a Google search with something like "image clematis combination photos" or something similar.

Here is a link that might be useful: website of Clematis nursery J. van Zoest B.V., Boskoop, The Netherlands

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 7:42PM
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tcskitten(6)

Ohhh thank you Plantloverkat!!!!
I just KNEW one of you wonderful folk, would be able help me....
I am now off to view your suggestions:)

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:26PM
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plantloverkat north Houston(zone 9a)

tcskitten,

I thought I would point out this old thread on color combinations. The discussion highlights how everyone likes different combinations. There are no photos, but perhaps it will help to give you ideas.

Here is a link that might be useful: old color combinations thread

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 8:56PM
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tcskitten(6)

Well, its now 11:22PM Plantloverkat, and I am STILL perusing those links of yours. To say I am in heaven is an understatement :)
Thank you for the above "old color combinations thread" ..... it was a wonderful and enlightening read.
Now armed, I am ready for the garden centers (which all have their sales on here :)
Faye

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 10:25PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

General comment about combinations - pruning is much easier if you match the clematis by pruning type so that clems growing together can be pruned all the same way, and also by size and vigor.

I use the site below to check on clematis that I am considering growing together to see if it looks like they will match well. Since you are going to nursery sales, if you have a phone or notebook computer, you can check right at the nursery. Hint: if you are searching by clem name, only put in one word of the name.

Here is a link that might be useful: clematis on the web

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 10:12AM
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tcskitten(6)

I sooo envy you folk!!! Its very difficult to find any large an=mount of variety in Clematis here :(
Many of you speak of gorgeous plants, but unfortunately none are to be found in my beautiful province .... woe is me

Faye in N.s.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:33PM
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alina_1

What is the problem? It seems that only Pacific Northwest Clematis growers are blessed with great Clematis nurseries.

I order 95% of my Clematis (and other plants) online :)
Better selection and prices.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 10:31AM
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tcskitten(6)

Really alina_1? I wonder if it'd be a better price for we Canadian shoppers?

Night I ask you AND any others here ... where online you regularly order from?

Faye in Nova Scotia

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 6:49PM
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tcskitten(6)

Thank you each and all, for the help you have been giving this "New-to-Clematis" Bluenoser here.

Faye in Nova Scotia

    Bookmark   July 1, 2011 at 8:24PM
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alaMel(4a)

I'm new too. I'm pairing up 'festoon galore'(rich purple) with 'ville de lyon'(dark pink). Of course my taste is one of two styles, either bright vivid colors. My favorite combination being dark purple, dark pink, and vibrant orange. I could get them to all bloom the same time. :/ Or simply classic like red and white. My taste is kinda manic. LOL

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 4:48PM
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