June 22, 2017

Starry Carpet

Clematis recta - ground virginsbower

Janine Pineo Photo | Clematis recta – ground virginsbower – weaves its way through the foliage of a day lily.

Clematis recta - ground virginsbower

Janine Pineo Photo | Clematis recta – ground virginsbower

Mention clematis and most gardeners will think about where to put a vine that needs to climb. Not a problem with Clematis recta, a shrub that has more of a spraylike effect. With each “branch” growing to about 3 feet in length, the plant needs a bit of room to sprawl but as pictured here, it can weave its way through nearby plantings with charming effect. Hardy to Zone 3 and preferring full sun and moist, well-drained soil, this member of the buttercup family can blossom for several weeks in midsummer, followed by silvery seed heads. And those flowers? The delicate four-petaled white blooms of ground virginsbower are fragrant, but you’ll need to get on your hands and knees to get a whiff. And maybe pull some weeds while you’re there.