One of the most floriferous and rapid growing clematis varieties.
Rubens is a pinkish form of the usual white Clematis montana. All forms are vigorous rambling climbers, with twining stems that produce a mass of scented flowers in May and June. May also produce a second smaller flush of blooms in late summer.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Soak the root ball well before planting. Dig a hole at least twice the size of the root ball. Back-fill with a planting mixture of equal parts soil and soil improver/compost. Water thoroughly. Provide initial climbing supports (such as canes, mesh or wire) until the plant is well established.
Best planted with the roots in the shade and the stems in the sun.
Ideal for rambling over walls and fences or up through large trees and conifers. Also makes an effective cover for old buildings and sheds.
Water thoroughly during dry weather until well established. Mulch with organic matter in spring and add a general fertilizer such as bonemeal.
Clematis group 1. Can be pruned lightly just after the main flowering period has finished (June/July). Prune back harder if untidy or to remove excessive growth.
Layer or take semi-hardwood cuttings in February to March.