Autumn is rather limited in the variety of plants that are still blooming now. But one, ‘clematis paniculata,’ or ‘Autumn Clematis,’ puts all others to shame with her fresh lime green buds that open to a beguiling five-petaled white star that grows in vast abundance.
This enthusiastic spirit (enveloping might be another word) is evident as she rambles and gambols over anything in her path. One can easily forgive her “wanton” ways, though, when you view just how dreamy and romantic she makes everything look.
A dear friend’s small “library” on his Newport property is such a perfect and elegant example.
After a long, late hot summer, when gardens are starting to look a bit ragged at the edges, along she comes to the rescue.
Another name she answers to is ‘Bridal Veil.’ Can’t you guess why?
If not already, I hope you’re now awakened to the possibilities of what the ‘Autumn Clematis’ can add to a spot in your garden.
At Parterre, she is just starting to wrap and drape herself around the pergola columns…just in time for a (virtual) baby shower.
Doesn’t everyone need a ‘Bridal Veil’?
All photos credit, Julie Grant.