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Clematis close up

Clematis Hybrid

July 2, 2020

Covering the fence beside the western entrance to the Flower Garden is one of the Wave Hill gardeners’ favorite plants.

It is Clematis ×triternata ‘Rubromarginata’, a cross between C. flammula (fragrant virgin’s bower) and C. viticella (the Italian, or purple clematis).

Clematis setting 2019
Looking east, in early July 2019, with the stately entrance to Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory in the background
Clematis setting IMG 2957
Looking west this summer, towards the Great Lawn and Pergola

Having inherited the fragrance of the former and the purple tints of the latter, it is a lovely clematis with delicate, scented, ruby-tipped white flowers. It will be blooming for several weeks from now through late summer.

Clematis close up IMG 2959

Draped over the geometric wooden fence, with its billowy habit and masses of wispy blooms, this clematis epitomizes the beauty of the Arts and Crafts style of our Flower Garden.

The work of Wave Hill’s recently retired Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day, this post dates back almost exactly a year to July 5, 2019. Charlie’s writing has a perennial quality, and we are delighted to be able to showcase his knowledge this spring with some new photos.