Clematis 'Apple Blossom' - Climbing plants
Prior to planting make sure that the Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' root ball is soaked well by placing in a bucket of lukewarm water. Choose a sunny spot and prepare a wide hole. Loosen the soil with a fork and place the plant at the correct height in the hole - the top of the root ball should be just below ground level. Refill the hole and press firmly down. Water your clematis immediately. Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' will thrive in fertile soil improved with some potting compost. Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' will also appreciate the addition of some lime to the soil. This gorgeous perennial should be in a sheltered spot (out of winter's cold East wind) in full sun or part shade.Combining Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' with other plants
Clematis always look great with roses. Plant your Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' behind the pink roses of Rosa 'Queen Elisabeth' for an enchanting colour combination. Pink Columbine (aquilegia vulgaris var.stellata 'Clementine Salmon Rose') looks just wonderful in contrast to the pink and white flowers of this Clematis too.
Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' is a very profuse flowerer of small but lovely, sweet scented pink and white flowers in the spring and has attractive seed heads in the autumn. The feathery seed heads also look great in dried flower arrangements!
The large leathery leaves are shiny and pointed and do not drop off in the winter. Counted as an evergreen, this spring flowering clematis is, just as other clematis, a member of the Ranunculaceae family.
Clematis very much dislikes dry roots, so must be given extra water in periods of drought. A mulch of well rotted manure with some garden fertiliser will be much appreciated. This Clematis will thrive in the border in a sunny but partly shaded spot. Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' is a climber so will also appreciate some support. It will continue to grow quite happily but is quite susceptible to frost and can loose some leaves in severe winter weather. Some protection against the worst of weathers will also be appreciated by this clematis.Pruning Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom'
This clematis flowers in the spring and requires little or no maintenance. There are three pruning groups for clematis and this one belongs in group 1 - Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom' needs to be lightly pruned after the flowers have gone. Do remove any dead and damaged branches.