Saturday, April 18, 2015

Princess Diana: Her beauty lives on

I'll never understand why this clematis - 'Princess Diana' - isn't a runaway hit in American gardens. In fact, I've never seen it for sale in any garden center or on display in any public garden. Only online. But take a look! It's extraordinary. I saw it several years ago completely covering a trellised wall in a suburban garden - in summer - and knew I had to have it.

Princess Diana: Her beauty lives on

I'll never understand why this clematis - 'Princess Diana' - isn't a runaway hit in American gardens. In fact, I've never seen it for sale in any garden center or on display in any public garden. Only online. But take a look! It's extraordinary. I saw it several years ago completely covering a trellised wall in a suburban garden - in summer - and knew I had to have it.

Now I have three. They bloomed once several weeks ago and are at it again, with less vigor but the same beauty. THe flowers are smaller than what you might expect from a clematis, but 'Princess Diana' is a Clematis texensis, which typically has bell- or tulip-shaped blossoms. Diana is tulip-shaped, with a dainty reddish-pink flower. It's touted as suitable for use as a groundcover, blooming from summer into fall.

Interesting idea for groundcover, but I think it's stunning on a trellis like this one.

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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