Clematis ‘The First Lady’ is a compact, deciduous climber which begins flowering pretty lilac-mauve flowers in late spring and continues until early autumn. The flowers are star-shaped and have a boss of crimson-red stamens.
This Clematis uses twining leaf stalks to climb support structures and enjoys full or partial sunlight and can be positioned in most directions, although it will not flourish if facing north.
It will take up to five years to achieve full height and spread, and it can be grown in containers, against pergolas, trellis and walls.
This Clematis should be planted into fertile ground or a container with good compost, this will help avoid disease problems, such as wilt and root rot.
When planting in the ground, we recommend a depth of twice the height of the pot provided to ground level and always plant at an angle and towards the supporting structure, as well providing support wires or framework to the wall or structure you intend to grow it against.
Remember to mulch in late winter and before new growth begins in early spring, we recommend cutting back the previous year’s stems to buds (approximately 8 inches /20cm above soil level).
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- 3 litre potted Clematis ‘The First Lady’
- Lilac-mauve star-shaped flowers
- Medium climber
- Height up to: 8.2ft (2.5m)
- Spread up to: 3.2ft (1m)
- Suitable for containers, walls, trellis or frames
- Full or partial sunlight (South, East or West facing)
- Plant in exposed or sheltered areas
- Plant deep and angle towards supporting structure
- Prone to wilt, powdery mildew, slugs, snails, aphids & caterpillars
- Prefers moist, well-drained soil
- Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
- Measurements are approximate