‘Avant-Garde’ Clematis will delight you for months with striking 2″ flowers with central pompoms of rosy pink that are backed by petals of velvety ruby red. A vigorous free-flowering plant, its extravagant blooms and graceful habit bring great style and color to all gardens.
Although it thrives in full sun, it also blooms beautifully in shady conditions. “I have this in bright shade–no direct light–and it blooms its head off,” reports a Sugar Creek gardener. Avant-Garde Clematis blooms July through September. A member of the exceptional Festoon series.
Plant in full sun to part shade in soil that has been amended with organic matter. This vine prefers to be grown in moist, well-drained soil. Plant Clematis 3″ deeper than it was in the original pot. Bury the first set of entire leaves to encourage the production of strong shoots from below soil level and to discourage clematis wilt. Water consistently, especially during periods of drought.
Pruning. A member of pruning group 3. ‘Avant-Garde’ Clematis blooms on new wood, prune hard in spring to a pair of buds about 18″ above ground.
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