By Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds
With greater than 800 Clematis species and cultivated types from which to settle on, gardeners and growers were inundated with recommendations. much more tricky for a few has been the absence of a unmarried accomplished reference with which to spot the varied cultivars. This new quantity, written via uncommon clematis specialists and sponsored via the authority of the British Clematis Society, is the 1st photo encyclopedia at the genus to surround the garden-worthy species and hybrids.
This long-awaited publication is separated into sections: the 1st is dedicated to the care and cultivation of clematis, whereas the second one offers an A — Z listing of greater than 550 vegetation, from the acclaimed large-flowered types to the less-familiar shrubby, subshrubby, and herbaceous kinds which are commencing to be to be had. utilizing daily language, the authors offer plant descriptions that come with details on synonyms, beginning, plant behavior and peak, vegetation, pruning team, flowering interval, cultural standards, advised makes use of within the backyard, and hardiness zones. The textual content is followed through greater than 650 great colour images, making this encyclopedia an imperative reference and advisor.
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It is worthwhile, however, to test the soil occasionally, especially light, sandy soils, as rain tends to leach lime from it. Lime-rich mushroom compost also helps to increase soil alkalinity. Planting hole When planting a clematis in the garden, dig a hole at least twice as wide as the pot in which the plant is growing and at least twice as deep again. ) or larger is ideal for accommodating organic matter below and around the root ball, giving the clematis a good start for healthy growth. Loosen the base and sides of the hole with a garden fork.
Soon after clematis are pruned, they must be fed. Use a general-purpose organic fertilizer, such as fish, blood, and bone meal, or any suitable inorganic fertilizer, following the recommended dosage given by the manufacturers. To encourage development of flower buds, add sulphate of potash. Gently fork the fertilizer into the soil surface. Mulch the plants to conserve moisture at the roots. Use garden compost, well-rotted farmyard manure, horse manure, or any other suitable material. Handle farmyard manure and organic fertilizers with care, and wash your hands as soon as possible after using such products.
If such shelter is unavailable, position the containers at the base of a south-facing wall for protection. Should the containers prove too heavy to move and, if the plants are hardy, prune away the top one-third of the stems and tie-in the rest to their supports to prevent wind rock and to protect the roots. A thick mulch gives added protection to the roots. If these clematis flower on ripened old wood, there will be some loss of flowers the following year. Plants which are not very hardy but in containers too heavy to move should be wrapped in place to prevent excessive winter damage and loss.
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis by Mary K. Toomey, Everett Leeds