November 21, 2017

Sweet Scent of Autumn

Joy Meyers Photo | Clematis paniculata - Sweet autumn clematis

Joy Meyers Photo | Clematis paniculata – Sweet autumn clematis

Joy Meyers Photo | Sweet autumn clematis is a vigorous climber, covering a trellis easily.

Joy Meyers Photo | Sweet autumn clematis is a vigorous climber, covering a trellis easily.

Few plants start to bloom at summer’s end, but one such plant is Clematis paniculata, or sweet autumn clematis. This small-flowered climber can reach upwards of 30 feet but can easily be kept under control by cutting stems back to 12 inches long in the spring since it blossoms on the current year’s growth. The pure white flowers have a sweet scent, perfuming the garden or a bouquet. Some consider the plant invasive because it can self-seed, forming a weed-choking sprawl that can spread up to 10 feet. Also known as C. terniflora, sweet autumn clematis does well in partly shaded conditions, although it prefers full sun. It is hardy to Zone 4.

Submitted by Joy Meyers