Clematis are a well know and very widely planted species of vigorous climber that are widely distributed around the world. There are many forms and hybrids in cultivation, almost all grown for their amazing flowers. In general Clematis like to be planted in full sun but with shaded roots. A fertile moist well drained soil will give best results but in truth they are seldom very fussy! Clematis viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans is a RHS Award of Garden Merit winning variety. Here is a variety that has stood the test of time. First introduced way back in the 1500's and it still compares exceptionally well with the modern day varieties and cultivars. This vigorous plant prodcues an abundance of delightful, double, reddish purple flowers from mid summer to late autumn. Another Clematis that grows well in its own but also perfoms well growing through other plants. This Clematis is in group 3 for pruning. After the first summer flowers have finished remove the dead heads. Can be used in a mixed planting or as a stand alone specimen in the garden or can easily be grown in a pot or container. Requires a frame work of some description to twine around. If it becomes to large it can easily be cut back after the spring flowers. When growing in a pot or other container. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade and become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 5-6 month applied in late spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.