I've always liked flowers. I had a little garden patch of my own when I was a kid. As an adult, I usually liked to put out some flowers in spring and fall as well as throw out some bulbs. I was a fair-weather sociable gardener. What changed me into the plant addict that I now am? Why am I now known as the crazy neighbor who gardens in the high heat of a North Carolina summer afternoon? (That's when the toddler naps.)
The clematis Rooguchi.
I was looking at some gardening website online when I saw it's picture and determined that I had to have it. Sometimes spelled 'Roguchi', it is a scrambler as opposed to a climber and blooms pretty much nonstop all summer. For me it dies to the ground every winter, so I don't have to worry about what pruning group it is in. Here is a picture a lot like the one I saw that fateful day:
I have it scrambling up an obelisk to give it support. It gets morning sun and afternoon shade, and the roots are well mulched as well. I don't give it much supplementary water now that it is established.
Here is it now, still with quite a few blooms and many little white fluffy seed pods. It will grow to a height of about 6 to 8 feet. I think I may need a bigger obelisk!
The blooms are only an inch or two long, so it is definitely better placed close to a path so one can see it up close and admire the delicateness and grace of the beautiful flowers.