The Heather Herschell clematis is a perennial (non-vining) variety that exhibits interesting pink, bell-shaped flowers that cover the shrub in summer. It’s recommended for planting in perennial flowerbeds and for creating compositions in plant containers. It grows moderately fast, reaching ...
Clematis Heather Herschell 2L
Clematis Heather Herschell
The Heather Herschell clematis is a perennial (non-vining) variety that exhibits interesting pink, bell-shaped flowers that cover the shrub in summer. It’s recommended for planting in perennial flowerbeds and for creating compositions in plant containers. It grows moderately fast, reaching 1-2 m in height.
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General description: The Heather Herschell clematis was introduced to the market at the end of the 20th century, around 1998. Its creator was Barry Fretwell, recognized for producing varieties such as the Princess Diana and Arabella clematis.
Flowers: This variety displays small, bell-shaped flowers, around 5 cm in diameter that are composed of 4 acutely ended petals. Their light-yellow anthers hang from cream-coloured filaments.
Blooming: The Heather Herschell clematis blooms from July until September.
Leaves: Heather Herschell’s leaves are singular or pinnately compound with 5-7 lanceolately-shaped leaflets.
Cultivation requirements: This is a frost resistant variety. It grows best in sunny spots. Locations near walls with south-eastern or south-western exposure are highly recommended. For optimal growth the Heather Herschell needs soil abundant in humus and moisture, with a with a neutral or slightly acidic pH. The substrate must be breathable, although this variety tolerates heavier, compacted clays.
Care: In autumn it is worth covering the base of the plant either with compost or decomposed, old or granulated manure, and in spring applying a mineral fertilizer is recommended. Regular generous watering is needed during the growth season (unless heavy rainfall occurs).
Pruning: Heavy pruning is to be carried out in early spring. Dead stems should be cut to just above ground level, and healthy ones to a height of around 5-10 cm above ground.
Props: The Heather Herschell is a perennial and a primitive climber that doesn’t necessarily require support structures as it won’t cling to them, but it will rest against any available support.
Overwintering: This clematis is frost resistant (in hardiness zone 4, withstanding -34°C). Protecting young seedlings for the winter is recommended, for e.g., by piling a mound of soil or peat about 30 cm in height over the plant. This clematis is a deciduous shrub.
Origin: Great Britain.
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