Most of my clematis vines are blooming right now. I don't have much room for more shrubs in the garden, but I managed to squeeze in a few more clematis this spring. Above is 'The President,' which is darker and bluer than this photo shows. It's hard to capture the color correctly.
I planted two of these lavender 'Ramona' clematis where they'll screen the glare off the back fence. This photo shows the flowers after they've faded over several days. They are a more vivid color when they first open.
'Mrs. Cholmondeley' is growing among a yellow 'Teasing Georgia' climbing rose. I also have a 'Will Goodwin' that is about this color, but it isn't blooming yet.
The flowers of 'Duchess of Edinburgh' are giant - about 8.5 inches across. This one is growing up into a crabapple tree.
I am guessing that this one is 'Miss Bateman,' as it was mislabeled when I brought it home. I prefer the yellow center instead of this dark one, but the vine is so happy that I'll just let it be.
'Asao' was the first to bloom and is now finished, so this is a photo from a few weeks ago.
Now that the petals have dropped from 'Asao,' these sweet wisps have formed from the centers. A 'Francine Austin' climbing rose blooms around it.
'Comtesse de Bouchard' is another new plant for me. The color is very similar to 'Asao,' though Comtesse doesn't have a white center to the petals. I also have a tiny 'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis paniculata to plant, though I don't know if I'll get any blooms from it this year. If not, it will be something to look forward to for next year.