Introduced in 2003, Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’ is a nonstop bloomer, allegedly offering up to five months of color. Hardy to Zone 4, this hybrid – which is also known as ‘Fairy Blue’ – can grow up to 10 feet in length, sporting double flowers up to 5 inches across. Clematis is part of the buttercup family, a genus of about 300 species. It is best known for its climbing vines, which produce showy flowers in a range of colors. In general, clematis prefer full sun, and while many recommend shading the roots, it is more likely the shade simply helps conserve water, which clematis really like. So shade won’t hurt, but lack of water will.
Submitted by Joy Meyers
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