Small Flowered Clematis
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
grows 6 to 10 feet
From Pieter Zwijnenburg, The Netherlands, 1971. Pruning: 1
All of our Clematis are grown right here at our nursery in north Georgia. Most plants are grown from cuttings, not seed (except where noted), and none are grafted. This assures that you will get a healthy plant that is true to name.
Each plant will be fully rooted in a true quart size pot with a label and 18" stake as pictured. When your plants arrive, you'll find them packed carefully with natural materials and individually wrapped. The stake is used to protect the plant in transit and may be removed when planting.
We grow many different varieties of Clematis and they will not all look the same when they arrive. Some varieties have small leaves and many branches at this size. Others, like the large-flowered hybrids, may only have a few sets of leaves due to their habit of growth. We prune our plants regularly for their health here at the nursery and to promote branching in the garden so occasionally some plants may be shorter than others when they arrive. This will not affect their ability to adapt to their new home in your garden.
Brushwood takes the time to prepare and ship your plants very carefully. We have successfully shipped thousands of plants all over the continental United States every year for over a decade. For terms and methods of shipment, please see the Shipping information page on the left.
Since we ship such a wide variety of plants to such diverse climates, we ask our customers to choose their delivery date. During checkout, you will select a date suitable to your needs and climate conditions. As such, you will be responsible for choosing an appropriate time to plant in your area. Help is offered at checkout for the selection of a good date for your zone but please consider your individual garden when choosing. Every garden is different. For early spring orders it is important to understand that our plants are not shipped fully dormant and most will be frost tender. Please use the delivery guide at checkout.
Planting- Since Clematis can live up to 50 years, careful planting is essential. Water the pot well before planting then dig a hole at least twice as big as the pot and twice as deep. Return some of the soil to the hole and amend with organic matter if needed. Remove the plant from its pot being careful not to pull on the vine or the stake.
Plant the Clematis so that the pot soil level is about two inches lower than the ground. This keeps the roots moister and provides buds below ground if the vine should suffer a disease or infestation and you need to cut it back. Fill the rest of the hole and over the top of the pot's soil line, amending if necessary. Place it in the hole at a 45 degree angle to encourage new shoots. Water well and add soil if it settles below ground level. Water regularly throughout the first growing season. For more detailed planting information see How To Grow Clematis.
Training- The possibilities for Clematis training are endless. They are often grown on mailboxes or fences, but they are lovely and very natural-looking grown through a shrub or open tree. Clematis alpina Willy clings by wrapping its leaf stems (petioles) around a supporting structure such as a trellis, wire or small branch and something must be provided for the plant to climb. Beyond that, use your imagination! Most Clematis are great in containers and draping from retaining walls.
For more detailed training and design ideas see How To Grow Clematis.
Pruning- Willy is a Group 1 (A) Clematis, which means it flowers in spring on buds from last year's growth. They actually don't need to be pruned but if you wish to trim or direct them the best time to prune is just after flowering. Trimming encourages branching and vigorous new growth. If pruned late in the season or before flowering in spring the plant will not be harmed, but spring bloom will be affected. Remove dead or damaged branches any time.
With a good start and attention during establishment, your Clematis will be a beautiful and long lasting addition to your garden!