Photo: Blackstem Plants
Clematis integrifolia 'Blue Ribbons'
Old man's beard
If you love clematis but have nowhere for one to climb then this gorgeous little plant is for you. 'Blue Ribbons' is a new, bushy, compact variety that likes to meander through other plants rather than climb up a trellis.
It may need initial support where heavy summer rain or high winds may punish it.
The nodding, indigo blue flowers, shaped like little parasols, emerge from May through until August and are followed by decorative silvery seed heads into early winter.
It's in pruning group 3: Prune in February by starting at the bottom of the plant and working your way up the stem to the first pair of plump, healthy buds. Prune the stem above the buds and remove everything above the cut. Treat each stem in a similar way.
'Blue Ribbons' grows wider and more beautiful every year, and is a wonderful new selection of a long-lived species.
Not subject to Clematis Wilt.
Moist but well-drained
Full or partial shade, cool roots