As promised some time ago I am going to start to feature some new plants. These will mostly be ‘new to the UK’ and may be available already in other parts of the world but I will start with two new clematis that are being launched in the UK by Thorncroft Clematis.
Thorncroft are introducing six new clematis this year and these are two that took my eye. They will be launched at the Chelsea Flower Show in May but may be available earlier by mail order.
‘Innocent Glance’ is a double that grows to 2.5m high and is in pruning group 2, meaning it needs light pruning in March, maintaining a permanent framework. I like double clematis and this one in shades of pink looks like a winner and a good choice for a romantic gift (shame I am two days late with this post).
‘Skyfall’ is another Polish introduction from Szczepan Marzynski and is a lovely mottled blue and violet that looks as though it fades as it ages to give a nice effect. It is in pruning group 3 which means it needs a hard prune in March. These are really useful for combining with other plants because pruning is easy. It will reach about 2.5m high.
Plants cost about £15. http://www.thorncroftclematis.co.uk
Confused about pruning? Thorncroft Clematis run open days and emonstrations and their first, on pruning, is on 28th February.
Open day & Pruning Demonstrations – 10am-4pm
This event is open to everyone, for a chance to explore the nursery and fill those gaps in your gardens, an ideal time to plant.
Free Pruning Demonstrations will take place 11am & 2pm. No need to book.
Thorncroft Clematis is based west of Norwich, Norfolk, UK and their website includes directions