What: Clematis chiisanensis “Lemon Bells,” introduced by the University of British Columbia, features bright lemon-yellow nodding blooms hanging from dark purple stems. Each dangling flower has a distinctive red blush at the base of the petals.
Where: This clematis will grow best in full sun to light shade. Provide a location with rich well-drained soil where it can be regularly watered during dry weather. Plant vines that are well-rooted and at least two years old. In our climate, planting too deeply can smother the roots, especially in heavy soils. Set young plants at the same depth they were in their nursery pots.
Size: Yellow bell clematis will grow to be 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide when mature.
Care: Clematis are heavy feeders and appreciate fertilizing in spring. This clematis blooms on old stems and on new growth, so it is best to only prune lightly in late spring to early summer, once the first flush of flowers have finished.
— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks