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Last updated on January 21st, 2020
If you are interested in obtaining year-round colour, then consider these top evergreen clematis including our favourites. With each of these, you can enjoy colour throughout the year that draws attention to your garden and in many cases leave the beautiful fragrance behind.
with literally hundreds of clematis available there is actually only a handful of evergreen clematis and some even flower in winter too.
Clematis Armandii (white variety)
This white variety of Evergreen clematis is rich with leathery green leaves and star like blooms that form in white clusters. They will quickly grow over any trellis or wall and are perfect for creating a privacy screen.
They are not recommended for containers unless you have a really large one, however, so it is best to plant these directly in the ground in an area where you want not only a brilliant selection of leaves throughout the year but an enjoyable fragrance.
They need partial sun and regular watering at least once a week, possibly more if it is the middle of summer. You will get beautiful flowers in springtime but be cognizant of the fact that they grow quickly. It can reach as tall as 4-8 meters with a spread of 1.5-2.5 meters and prefers moist but well drained. Groes best in full sun in a sheltered area.
Clematis Armandii ‘Apple Blossom’
The apple blossom variety not only offers superb green foliage throughout the year but brings with it in abundance of pale pink clusters of fragrant flowers in the springtime. These flowers look very similar to apple blossoms hence their name and they bring to your area of vanilla scent.
You can enjoy the light pink flowers juxtaposed by the leathery green leaves as they grow in to create a natural privacy screen or otherwise cover an existing trellis or fence. These varieties will grow very fast and bloom in the middle of springtime. They need partial to full sun but can do decently in partial shade areas. Like most clematis they prefer to have the roots in the shade with the new growth in the Sun. Although it is hardy, it does need some winter protection with a good mulch around the base in autumn.
Clematis × cartmanii Avalanche
The Clematis Avalanche gets its name from the literal avalanche of flowers it provides. Come spring time you will enjoy pure white flowers that have gold stamens end create a literal blanket of foliage and flowers. It will naturally trail down any embankment you have and look like an avalanche of snow.
These flowers will climb up trellises, posts, or fences. If you plant them in the ground they will simply meander throughout your garden creating a shrub border without any support.
They do require weekly watering in dry areas, and partial to full sun. They are more compact than the apple blossom or white varieties of clematis armandii which means you can use them in smaller areas very effectively. Unlike most other varieties it also grows well in acidic soil in exposed areas.
Clematis cirrhosa Freckles (Winter flowering)
Freckles get its name from the freckles of dark red-purple colours on the petals. The otherwise creamy white blooms. This version of clematis will bloom all winter long on the growth from the previous year.
The flower stand in contrast to most clematis insofar as they take on the shape of a bell so they fall downward and open downward. This Evergreen does need protection from winter winds so it is best to place at some place that will offer a natural form of protection like a wall.
It will bloom from October through March once it reaches 2 years old or older. You can control the height and the size overall by cutting it back to the previous wood once it is finished blooming in the springtime.
Clematis cirrhosa Jingle bells
Jingle Bells similarly to the freckles variety provides bell-shaped flowers that bloom throughout the winter. Jingle Bells just like freckles are great varieties to mix with another clematis so that you can achieve year-round flowers of various colours and sizes.
These are very easy to care for and don’t require any pruning. You just have to plant them somewhere that gets exposure to Winter sunlight. You will get a variety of nodding blooms from December all the way through Spring juxtaposed by the green, lustrous foliage all year round.
This is a wonderful way to provide your garden with beautiful floral designs around Christmas. Once it is planted you simply need to feed it with general purpose fertilizer and water it during the dry seasons. It works well in pots and doesn’t require any pruning, just deadheading and removing damaged or diseased stems.
Pixie is an evergreen climbing clematis that has very showy flowers but also works well as a trailer over pots and window boxes. It provides fluffy seed heads in the Autumn as well so you can get a wonderful array of colours and changes throughout the year.
This is a dwarf species that offers trifoliate leaves with small creamy flowers that are incredibly fragrant. Bear that in mind when you plant it. The flowers give off an elderberry scent. you will get beautiful green foliage in the autumn, summer, and winter with the green foliage and white flowers in the springtime.
It requires partial sun or full sun and needs to be sheltered against severe winter winds. When it reaches maturity which takes between 2 and 5 years it will span approximately 1m in height and 1/2 meter in width at its largest so it is perfect for smaller areas where you simply want to grow perhaps in a container or a greenhouse a beautiful collection of small flowers that give off an appealing scent. You want finder many clematises that are as small as this.
Clematis Early Sensation
This variety will bloom between the middle and end of spring time with large, white flowers that stand beautifully against the textured green foliage. The seed heads that develop after the flowers extend the visual appeal that the early sensation brings to any garden.
It is a compact variety that requires no pruning and is perfect for smaller areas in containers. It is a non-clinging vine as well which makes it great as a specimen plant, grown along borders, or used to create privacy screens.
It grows well in full sun or partial shade but needs a sheltered position. As for soil types, it not fussy as long as it is moist and well-drained. Eventual height is 2.5-4 meters with a 1 to 1.5-meter spread.