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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Clematis 'Belle of Woking'
Sunset zones: A2, A3; 2-11, 14-24.
USDA zones: 4-9.
Height: 6-8 feet (1.8-2.5 m). Width: 3 feet (1 m).
Early to late summer.
Large, double, sometimes semi-double, silvery-lavender flower that fades to a pale, silvery blue, with white filaments and creamy anthers.
Deciduous, green leaves.
Full sun to partial shade.
This clematis will tolerate most soils, but give it fertile, humus rich, well-drained soil for best results.
Mulch well with composted manure or compost. Fertilize once a month with a complete organic fertilizer during the growing season.
Layer branches in late winter.
Basal and softwood cuttings in spring.
Division in spring.
Semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.
Pruning group 2 or B. Lightly prune to remove dead wood.
Rainy Side Notes
Raised by George Jackman in 1875, Clematis 'Belle of Woking' is a cross between C. 'Lanuginosa Candida' and C. 'Fortunei'. It is notoriously slow to establish, and in some areas of the country it is a weak grower. Here in the Pacific Northwest, once established, the vine can take off like a rocket, provided it is protected from strong winds. The clematis takes well to container-culture and makes a great cut flower.
Photographed in author's garden.