Plant of the month – clematis 'Étoile Violette'

Go for deep purple with this lovely climber; combine it with fragrant roses for must-have displays

Clematis 'Etoile Violette'Of all the climbing plants available, clematis is probably the most popular, along with climbing roses, making a perfect combination when grown together. The success and beauty of our rose gardens is largely due to the mix of clematis and roses scrambling over arches, climbing up towers and weaving along ropes. One of the loveliest clematis cultivars is Clematis 'Étoile Violette', with velvety deep purple flowers and a boss of creamy stamens.

Clematis 'Étoile Violette' is a member of the Viticella Group and as such it shows good resistance to clematis wilt. In 2006, the British Clematis Society voted 'Étoile Violette' as its favourite ‘easy-to-grow’ clematis; it is happy in sun or partial shade, sheltered or exposed and in any aspect. However, as with all clematis, it likes to keep its roots cool, so plant with other shrubs or cover the root area with pebbles. 'Étoile Violette' flowers on growth made in that season and should be pruned in late winter or early spring.

In the Shrub Rose Garden, 'Étoile Violette' makes a lovely colour combination with the creamy flowers of Rosa Crème de la Crème and delicate pink to white Rosa Perennial Blush. Rosy pink Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' makes a lovely colour combination with the rich purple of 'Étoile Violette'.

In the Queen Mother’s Rose Garden, it takes centre stage on the pergola along with Rosa 'Long John Silver' and Rosa 'Sander's White Rambler'. Shrub roses in shades of white, cream, apricot, pink, red, yellow and orange provide a mass of colour around the base of the clematis.

Clematis 'Étoile Violette' is just one of a range of cultivars available in Rosemoor Plant Centre along with a variety of roses, so pay a visit and look for an exciting combination for your own garden.

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