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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Popular patio clematis

Posted by Graham Rice on 24 Apr 2009 at 01:26 PM

Clematis Diana's Delight™ (‘Evipo026’). Image ©Raymond Evison ClematisClematis is our most popular climber but many gardeners are put off growing more than one because they fear their garden will disappear under a vast mass of growth. World renowned clematis breeder Raymond Evison has solved that problem with his series of prolific and long flowering but less vigorous varieties which are ideal for small gardens and for containers.

His latest, one of the most popular new entries in this year's RHS Plant Finder and already stocked by seven different Plant Finder nurseries, is Diana's DelightTM (‘Evipo026'). Its flowers are an unusual two tone blue with hints of cream creating an appealing subtlety, the cream dissolving into a rich creamy-yellow central eye.

Clematis Diana's Delight™ (‘Evipo026’). Image ©Raymond Evison ClematisFrom his nursery on Guernsey Raymond told me more: "This new clematis comes from the Evison® & Poulsen® breeding programme and is typical of our new race of free-flowering clematis. It has a compact habit, only growing to 1.2-1.5m/4-5ft, and is very free flowering making it ideal to be grown in a container or for the smaller city garden.

"Diana's DelightTM is named after Diana Rowland, the wife of the Bailiff of Guernsey, and in trials in her small garden on the north coast of the island it started flowering in mid May, had a rest for four weeks in the middle of the summer and then carried on flowering until November.

"Its compact habit, free flowering and extended flowering season make it stand out when compared to old cultivars in similar colours such as ‘Lasurstern' or ‘The President'."

Clematis Diana's DelightTM (‘Evipo026') is available from Raymond Evison Clematis, where you'll also find a list of garden centre stockists across the country, and these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.



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