Full Sun, Partial Shade
Grows 4 to 6 feet
Fretwell, England, 1990.
While only 3.5 inches across, their everblooming nature makes this a must-have Clematis! Works trained on a trellis, in a patio container or allowed to ramble in your border! On the right, it is shown in a perennial bed where it makes most of it's show in a central spot early then reaches out over the season. Just cut it back near the ground in winter and it happily springs back every year for another show. Below, it can be seen dancing atop a low shrub used as a ground cover. Most clematis, like Arabella have a light weight structure and can grow atop or through other plants without harm.
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 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. 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- Herbaceous Clematis can be treated very much like perennials. They are lovely in beds and borders, as well as in containers. Typically they do not need support but many can be trained into small roses or tall perennials with an open habit.
For more detailed training and design ideas see How To Grow Clematis.
Pruning-Clematis Arabella is an herbaceous perennial and usually does not require pruning. It will naturally die back to the ground in most climates and will return from the roots each spring. It can be trimmed early in the season to promote branching, denser habit and increased blooming. Remove dead or damaged branches any time. In the late fall or winter cut a few inches above the ground only after the tops show no signs of life.
With a good start and attention during establishment, your Clematis will be a beautiful and long lasting addition to your garden!