Vivacious… embracing…enveloping…a bit free with her favors…and goes by the honeyed name, Sweet Autumn Clematis.
Am I describing a lady of questionable behavior or a trailing vine that appears with great enthusiasm just at this time of the year? To see her is to love her with fresh lime green buds opening to a beguiling five-petaled white star that grows in vast abundance.
For some, clematis paniculata is a nuisance and might even be called “invasive” (quelle horreur…). I’ve been of this sentiment in the past but have now come to adore her. One just needs to learn how to manage her possibilities (don’t they say that about all us girls?). You will be richly rewarded.
A dear friend’s small “library” on his Newport property is such a perfect and elegant example — so much so that I grabbed camera, pen and paper and started creating this post.
This time of year when gardens are starting to look a bit rugged at the edges (especially after a long, unseasonably hot late summer), along she comes with her flowers abundant on a mat of green that trails and clambers and wraps itself around any structure it encounters.
It became a bit of a game to find differing examples of just what I’m describing, but so rewarding. 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. Doesn’t everyone need a bridal veil?
Next year at this time I’ll have a surprise for you — it’s already in the works. One must start early on garden projects.