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Best Winter Flowering Clematis – 5 of our favourite varieties
Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by John
Anyone with a garden knows that Springtime brings with it new growth and a collection of flowers, pinks, purples, oranges, reds, blues, and any other shade you can think of. But at the end of summer, most of those flowers have run their course and the plants go into dormancy.
Thereafter many gardens become bare and desolate. However, there are things you can plant to prevent this from happening. If you want to add colour to your garden in the winter time t grow up fences, over wall or ramble through deciduous trees, you can select a variety of clematis that flower in winter specifically so that when all your other flowers have reached their maturity and gone into dormancy, your clematis will be right there to fill in the gap and produce flowers in abundance.
Top 5 clematis that flower in winter
There are of course many flowering clematises from which to choose in order to get blooms all year round but below are 5 of our favourite varieties for winter flowering clematis, they are all evergreen and provide cover all year round too. The 5 varieties we have listed hear all actually flower in winter, some clematis flower very early spring so we have avoided naming these as they are not true winter flowering varieties. We start our list off with our favourite variety, Jingle Bells.
Clematis cirrhosa Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells get its name not just because of the bell-shaped white flowers it produces but because the flower that produces start to manifest in December right around the time that everyone is singing their jingle bell songs.
In addition to the stunning whitish-yellow flowers that bloom all the way from December through spring, the green foliage will remain intact for the rest of the year. With these varieties, you can plant in pots or directly into the ground so there plenty of opportunities.
The good news is, there is no pruning required and they are easy to care for and just require the odd trim to keep them in check. All you have to do is plant them somewhere that gets winter sunlight and then sit back and watch as your Jingle Bells appear. They really do create a stunning display of flowers in the depths of winter and are very hardy. They do prefer a sheltered spot in the garden but will grow in nearly any well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade.
Clematis cirrhosa Wisley Cream
This clematis is a large evergreen climber that brings with it stunningly dark green leaves that in the wintertime turn a bronze shade. They are juxtaposed by the pail cream flowers that span 8cm across and are produced at the end of autumn all the way through winter and early spring.
This climbing plant not only produces flowers in the winter but those flowers produce a delightful fragrance that can uplift any garden. They do need full sunlight so any region in your garden that gets full winter sun will suit the plant just fine. It will do well in nearly any type of soil including sandy, chalk, and loam soil. It can take up to five years to reach maturity at which point it will spread up to 4 meters tall by around a meter wide.
Clematis cirrhosa Freckles
The clematis freckles is an evergreen climber that brings with it lobed and toothed green leaves which will remain green throughout the spring summer and winter.
During the winter the foliage also takes on a bronze shade with yellow and purple flowers which continue through the springtime. Come summer those flowers will manifest fruit. If you live in colder areas you can grow them in containers or you can plant them in the ground so long as the base remains shaded and cool and the plants are properly protected in the winter with a good layer of mulch.
Ideally they prefer a more sheltered spot in the garden and do dislike acidic soil so be sure to check the soil ph before planting or plant them in large deep pots.
Clematis cirrhosa var. Balearica
A truly unique clematis, this winter flowering evergreen climber produces creamy white flowers that span 6cm across, assuming a bell shape, freckled with purple dots on the inside. They will Bloom from the middle of winter through the early spring after which they give way to fluffy seed heads for that extra decorative effect.
Throughout the year you can enjoy the dark green leaves that turn a purple bronze shade in the winter. As a climbing clematis, this is perfect for covering a wall or a fence near your doorways or your paths in the garden so that you not only enjoy the flowers throughout your winter walks but the fragrance scent they produce too.
This is a fast-growing plant which, at its full maturity can reach up to 240 cm tall and 150 cm wide.
Clematis clarkeana Winter Beauty
Winter beauty is an evergreen climber that can reach up to 4 meters tall. Not only does it have dark green foliage but it has bell-shaped flowers that hang downward in small clusters taking on a prominent wax-like texture and a cream colour.
When the flowers first emerge they are pale green and eventually become paler until such a point that they open up, the tips flair, and you get creamy white flowers as pictured above.
This particular Evergreen is very well suited to acidic, alkaline, or neutral soil so is not particularly fussy. You can enjoy green foliage in the summer, autumn, spring, and winter with the white flowers throughout winter.
It does best in full sun during the winter but can also accommodate partial or dappled shade.