Clematis ‘Stand by Me Lavender’ (bush Clematis) Riding on the coattails of the much-talked-about ‘Stand by Me’ comes a new color for the Bush Clematis type! This variety has the same performance as ‘Stand by Me’ but with a lavender shade of flowers to join the original’s blue. Dark purple buds open to lavender purple, bell-shaped, nodding flowers. Attractive cream thread-like seed heads follow. Broad, green foliage. This plant benefits from staking, cages, or neighboring plants for support.
A member of: Group 3 – Late flowering cultivars These varieties bloom first on new growth beginning in midsummer, and then again on new shoots in early fall. The second round will likely produce smaller flowers than the first and flowers that were double the first time may be single the second time.
Though their growth habit makes them difficult to prune, it can be done in late winter or early spring. All shoots can be cut back to the previous year’s wood, just above the base of the plant. This pruning is necessary to avoid getting a bare stem with a thick tangle above it. The spring flowers will be eliminated for that year, but the late summer flowers should still be produced. Alternatively, if you don’t want to cut the entire plant back all at once, pruning can be done in stages over a period of 3 years. Each year, prune back ⅓ of the stems to 6-9″ above a couple of well-developed buds.
This non-vining, bush variety benefits from staking or support. We use an obelisk to support it. (photo courtesy of Walters Gardens)
2 gallon Proven Winners container
Light: Full Sun – Part Sun
Soil: All types of well drained soil
Benefits: Pollinators, Butterflies, Cut-flower, Deer and Rabbit Resistant, long-blooming
Height: 34-38 inches
Blooms: May to July with August re-bloom
Foliage: Green, disease free, new leaves have a bronze cast to the underside.
Spacing: 24-36 inches
Growth Habit: clumping
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