Clematis ‘Rooguchi.’ (Richie Steffen)

Clematis ‘Rooguchi.’ (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

This charming, non-twining vine is ideal for tight situations, and does well in a container.

What: Captivating flower bells of indigo violet are borne above delicate green leaves from early summer to fall on Clematis ‘Rooguchi,’ a charming, non-twining vine. With training it will gently clamber through open shrubs or on a trellis, and it also does well in a container.

Where: This clematis will grow best in full sun to light or open 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. Set young plants at the same depth they were in their nursery pots.

Size: It grows to about 8 feet in length, which makes it an ideal vine for tight situations.

Care: Requires regular watering. Clematis are heavy feeders and appreciate fertilizing in spring. This clematis dies back to the ground every winter and blooms on new growth in the summer. Cut last season’s vines back to 4 to 6 inches tall in late winter.

— Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden

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