|Clematis 'Nelly Moser'|
Ornamental plants from the clematis genus are amongst the most popular of all flowering climbers. They thrive best in full sun, with their roots in cool, moist, well-drained soil. As well as flowers they produce attractive, silky seed heads in the autumn. The large flowering hybrids are some of the most colourful of all garden plants, and when positioned with thought will have a charming if not spectacular effect within the garden environment.
|Clematis 'Nelly Moser' illustration|
Unfortunately, Clematis lanuginosa is susceptible to the fungal plant pathogen Phoma clematidina, which produces the sometimes fatal disease known commonly as clematis wilt. This susceptibility has been passed to many Clematis cultivars now commonly grown in our gardens
It was first cultivated as garden species in 1897 and received its Award of Garden Merit (AGM) from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1984.
Clematis 'Nelly Moser', has one of the largest of all flowers from the clematis genus which when established can reach an impressive 8 inches diameter. Each flower is mauve-pink in colour, and each sepal is intersected with a carmine central bar. It flowers in May and June on the previous seasons wood, with a second (but not quite as impressive) bloom in August and September.
Unlike most other clematis hybrids, Clematis 'Nelly Moser' will do best on a north wall or at least a shady position to prevent the flowers from becoming bleached in strong sunlight.
|Clematis 'Nelly Moser' blooms|
Good drainage is important and the roots will need to be kept cool. If the root area is open to the sun they they will need the protection of a gravel mulch or the shade of a closely planted ornamental plant.
Clematis have a large nutrient requirement and will require an annual mulch of well-rotted farm manure, together with an ample supply of water.
How to Prune Clematis 'Nelly Moser'
After the first flush of flower in the spring the only pruning required is to trim back the old flowering growths. This will need to be done immediately after flowering. Old, densely wooded plants can be hard-pruned in February but be aware that you will lose the spring flowers.
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