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Get blooms into autumn with Late-flowering clematis

AN abundance of intriguing species and flamboyant cultivars means that, between them, clematis can fill gardens with colour and interest on any day of the year. Among my favourites are the variable bunch whose flowers open between late summer and winter, their buds and blooms beaded with dew and lit by soft autumn sun. Autumn is also the best time for planting clematis, while still-warm soils are moistened by rain.

Clematis are divided into three pruning groups. Group one flower on last-year’s stems in winter and spring and, if necessary, are pruned immediately

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