July 2019

Working out in the gardens over the last month there is a noticable splash of colour on some of the walls and railings, and a large hazel tripod in the herbaceous border. These colouful, floriferous displays are being created by a variety of clematis that have been planted by the gardening team over the last few years.

Clematis are split into three groups depending on the way to prune them, all of these are from group 3 which are pruned in early March to within a few feet from the ground. Flowering on the new growth they begin to put on their colouful display in as little as three months after pruning and this colour spectacle continues throughout the summer. This is the easiest group to look after and, if you have the space, well worth having in any garden.

The photograph below shows some of our favourite clematis found in the gardens.

From the deep, dark purple flowers of ‘Romantika’, the reddish purple, gentle nodding flowers of ‘Black Prince’, the reddish purple flowers of ‘Etoile Violette’, the quirky white with green tipped flowers of ‘Alba Luxurians’ through to the delicate soft white, pale mauve margined flowers of ‘Little Nell’, all are most welcome in the gardens of Worcester College.