Clematis ‘Vienetta’

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I should amend the title to say, Clematis ‘Vienetta’, Or, Err, At Least I Think.

The genus clematis is certainly not my area by any stretch. I fall into the category of How do you pronounce it? and please don’t hurt me if I’m wrong. Basically the whole culture around clematis kind of freaks me out so I stay away from the plants with a ten foot pole. Please, there’s already enough drama in food gardening.

Mind, I used to be like that about roses too, so I suppose there is hope for me yet.

But my neighbour garden pal Barry, who is very close to needing his own category on this site given how many recent photos were taken in his garden, is a very friendly clematis aficionado who does not jump on your back for your terrible pedestrian ignorance. He almost makes it seem possible. Almost. And the plants he grows very nearly make you want to risk it. But you really don’t have the space anyways, so don’t even go there. And by you, I mean me. Carry on.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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14 thoughts on “Clematis ‘Vienetta’

  1. I never though clematis were scary. I have a really simple variety growing up the trellis’ on the corner of my porch. Dark purple stars. They were there when we moved in. The only thing that confuses me is identifying it as an A, B, or C type (whether it blooms on old wood, new, or both. I looked at a list (an there are so many!) and couldn’t positively id mine. So time to experiment. I know they bloom on new wood, because I’ve been cutting them back in the fall. So this year I might leave the old vines and see if I get growth on them.

  2. There’s always space for Clematis. Start with an easy, tough one, like ‘Betty Corning.’ You’ll be hooked in no time.
    I don’t think ‘Vienetta’ is hardy enough me to grow, but it is a lovely thing.

  3. You don’t need much space, go vertical! They really are great plants once you get a few blooming, you’ll want more.

  4. Your photos really are so beautiful, and this is no exception! When you say you are freaked out by Clematis, is it the whole grumpy old-timer with a chemical silo full of fertiliser culture you are talking about?

  5. ‘Vienetta’ was developed for the house plant market.Mine is a rescue plant that had been discarded after flowering.

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