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Best clematis to grow with MAC climbing rose

Posted by lissa1020 9a (My Page) on
Thu, May 8, 14 at 19:46

Hi! I have a Madame Alfred Carrierre (sp) rose in its third year growing on an arbor that is 10ftx20ft. I would like to plant a purple clematis to grow through it, but have no idea which I should choose. I live in zone 9a. I think I would prefer pruning group 1 because they don't need regular pruning? Is that correct? Any suggestions would be most appreciated and thanks so much! Also, I should mention that the sprinkler from the yard sprays this bed, which is probably why my rose has no leaves on her lower legs. :)
Will that be a huge problem?


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RE: Best clematis to grow with MAC climbing rose

Pruning group 1 are all species clematis and purple is not really a color option with these. You can get some nice bluey/lavenders with the alpinas or macropetalas however. I would recommend a pruning group 3 vine. These prefer to be hard pruned annually, which I find easiest to deal with when growing through or on other plants. 'Jackmanii', 'Gypsy Queen' or 'Etoile Violette' are all great purple flowered varieties.

Try and avoid watering on any foliage. It promotes all manner of diseases, especially with roses. You may have manually adjust your sprinkler head to accomplish this.


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RE: Best clematis to grow with MAC climbing rose

Viola is another great deep purple group 3. Venosa Violacea has a lovely purple and white blossom.


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RE: Best clematis to grow with MAC climbing rose

Thanks so much, both of you for your input! I'm going to take your advice and go with one from group 3. I'm trying to decide between 'Jackmanii' or 'Etoile Violette'. Both are very pretty from pictures I've found online. The sharpness of 'Jackmanii' flowers might contrast really nicely with the blousy blooms of MAC. Also, from info I've read it seems that 'Jackmanii' has a longer bloom period. Is that your experience?
Gardengal48: you're right, I should probably plan on trying to move or adjust that sprinkler head.
Thanks again!


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