Clematis vinacea is a recently described species of non-vining clematis, published in 2013 by plantsman Aaron Floden. In the wild, it grows in a small region on the border of Eastern Tennessee/Northern Georgia. Closely allied to Clematis viorna/Clematis crispa, Clematis vinacea is a compact, non-climbing species. For us, it makes a sprawling mound to 18″ tall x 4′ wide that flowers from May through summer. In habitat, Clematis vinacea prefers a dry, alkaline site, but it has shown good adaptability to slightly acidic soils in our trials.
Clematis ‘Sapphire Indigo’ is such a great plant in the perennial garden. This non-vining clematis makes a short clump that flowers for us from spring through summer. It weaves nicely into nearby neighbors making delightful combinations.
Another of our favorites is the amazing Clematis ‘Roguchi‘. The bell-shaped flowers come from clumping clematis species, but this one does make a short-growing vine to 6-8’ tall. Clematis ‘Roguchi’ also flowers heavily, virtually non-stop during the growing season. I can’t imagine a summer garden without this.
Here’s the seed show on the East Coast native bush clematis, Clematis ochroleuca. The flowers are nice also, but the long-lasting show are these golden seed heads.
Here’s another amazing bush clematis, Clematis recta ‘Lime Close’. This unique clematis makes a 3′ tall mound of foliage that emerges dark purple, and an incredible cloud-like show of white flowers…simply superb.