Omoshiro Clematis

Omoshiro Clematis

The Blooms Change as they Unfurl!

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Here's a Clematis to plant where you can enjoy the buds opening into blooms two seasons a year. That's because Omoshiro has petals of pale pink to pure white on the topside, rich magenta-lavender on the reverse. The edges are ruffled, so as the petals open, they show off their bright magenta undersides in little peek-a-boo glimpses, looking picoteed until they finally extend full out flat! Wow!

We don't know another Clematis that puts on a show like this. The blooms reach 5 to 7 inches wide, so they would be impressive even if they were just a solid color. But the magenta reverse seems to keep peeking out, tinging the edges with brilliance, and generally making this a display to watch all season long!

Omoshiro is a very compact Clematis, suitable for containers as well as the sunny garden. It flowers twice a season (it is a Group II, large-flowered variety): first in late spring to early summer, and then again near the end of summer. The first blooms will be larger and more numerous, but that repeat at season's end, when the rest of the garden is looking a bit shabby, is priceless!

The name "omoshiro" means "white face" in Japanese, and it is also a play on a similar word meaning "fascinating." This is the perfect description of the flowers -- the pale pink to white petals really do pop in late afternoon and evening, outlasting all the darker colors of the garden. And the magenta reverse gives it that extra touch of fascination . . . If you can, site this climber near a conversation area or entertainment spot in the garden or on the deck, so that guests can enjoy its day-to-night show!

Reaching 6 to 8 feet long, this woody climber is also a nice companion to Roses and small open-habit shrubs in the garden. It wends its way among the branches without being aggressive, and adds its big colorful blooms to the other plant's show. Quite charming!

Known as the Queen of the Climbers, Clematis is a woody perennial beloved of gardeners for centuries. It likes its roots cool and its tops (the aboveground growth) warm, so plant it in full sun but mulch it heavily to keep the soil temperature even. Clematis will live for decades if well cared-for, so pamper it the first year or two and then watch it take off! Follow the instructions for pruning group II each year in late winter or earliest spring, and it will repay you with better-than-ever color year after year. Zones 4-8.