The Truest Blue?

wren_garden(zone 5b/6)August 11, 2008

What Clematis is the truest Blue in your garden. I know that online photos and subjective descriptions can't be trusted. There is a portion of my garden that is meant to be Blues, Yellows and Whites which can hold 2 Clematis. Thank you!

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The closest you'll get would be Will Goodwin, Mrs. Cholmondeley and its sport Blue Light, followed by Prince Charles and Emilia Plater (bit more purple), followed by Rhapsody and Durandii (now we're at indigo blue).

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 8:07PM
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Oops, should have included in the first list a few non-climbers that are fairly true blue: Juuli and Arabella.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 8:08PM
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I love the white, yellow and blue along the highways right now. I know they are all weeds, but it makes me so happy to see that combination and I too want to repeat that in my garden.... somehow.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 9:30PM
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wren_garden(zone 5b/6)

Thanks Michael, I almost picked up Will Goodwin this spring but wasn't sure. I have Arabella in her 3rd year. She is threaded up through a small pillar, blooming non stop, just gaining strength to join with a yellow rose next season. That was the plan anyway, which I will still do, but the rose, Buff Beauty is more Peach and Arabella is more purple then blue in my garden. This is why I turned to those with greater experience, those beautiful photos on the nursery sites are only a suggestion. No matter, too late, I love them anyway, Arabella and Buff Beauty that is. The hopes of Blue and Yellow have been assigned to another part of the garden. I know true blue in flowers is a relative term, but is great to have an idea where to start.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2008 at 10:24PM
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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

"Rhapsody" is the bluist blue in my garden

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 8:16AM
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charlottev(Zone 4-4b)

Ihave lots of blue clems in my garden and some are mixed with white and yellow, so it is a nice show when that happens. The timing is critical and sometimes I hit it right on, other times not so great. However, the best blues are:

Alpina Francis Rivis
Prince Charles
Mrs. Chumley
Arabella (purple early, then blue later)
Perle d'Azur
Durandi (indigo blue)
Blue Bell and Blue Boy

    Bookmark   August 12, 2008 at 7:53PM
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pacnwgrdngirl(z8 WA)

I am getting my first blooms from Rhapsody right now. :o) It's pretty darn blue.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2008 at 3:23PM
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flowerfan2(z8/ WA)

Here are a few blue clematis that are blooming in my garden now.

TL Prince Charles, Emilia Platter, General Sikorski
BL Blue Angel, Durandi & Arabella, Perle de Azure
The blue color comes in all shades.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2008 at 7:58PM
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Great idea Karen! That helps ME out a ton with the side by side comparison. Thank you for posting that.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2008 at 10:18AM
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