By Beth English
We are growing two new plants at the nursery. The first is the Clematis paniculata also known as Sweet Autumn and the second is Ampelopsis or better known as Porcelain Berry vine.
Let’s start with the Sweet Autumn Clematis. Sweet Autumn is a deciduous perennial flowering vine. This vine is a vigorous climber that can tower 30 feet high, and/or be used as a ground cover. However it is more commonly seen draped over stonewalls, arbors, and pergolas, making a striking focal point with twining vines and fragrant vanilla white flowers. This is a pleasurable sight in the autumn garden when most other flowers are done blooming for the season.
A few things to remember about your clematis;
1. PRUNE to encourage new growth, which results in more flowers. This clematis blooms on new growth so it can have a drastic prune down to 12 inches. Pruning should be done when the plant is dormant or in spring when dormancy is breaking.
2. This plant prefers part shade and well-drained soil with “cool feet” so keep the soil at the base shaded by other plants or light mulch.
3. All clematis are heavy feeders so give them a low nitrogen fertilizer like a 5-10-10.
Moving on now to the Ameplopsis or the Porcelain Berry vine. It too is a deciduous woody perennial that is closely related to the grapevine, growing 15-25 foot a year. This plant is grown more for the decorative fruit than the flower. The vine is very attractive to the bees, butterflies, birds, and squirrels. Porcelain Berry vine has uniquely shaped variegated leaves and berries that start out white then gradually darken to shades of pink, lavender, deep purple, aqua blue, and black as they age. The Porcelain vine likes moist well-drained soil but once established can tolerate some drought.
So if you are looking for a fast growing vine to take over an ugly fence row, soften a wall, or just want something different to make a splash in your garden consider one of these two vines. We have a limited supply available at the nursery.