DR. RUPPEL CLEMATIS
Large, lightly ruffled flowers make their first appearance in early summer on old wood. Purple blooms fade to lavender as they age to really show off the contrasting reddish-pink center bars. Dead-heading these blooms will ensure a second flush of flower at the end of summer on current year’s growth. (This clematis belongs to pruning group 2.) Clematis should be planted where their leaves can enjoy bright sunshine, but roots stay cool, moist, and shaded.