Thorncroft Clematis Nursery introduces new varieties

Thorncroft Clematis Nursery of Norfolk is introducing eight new varieties. Here is a selection:

Clematis 'Dancing Queen' carries pale-pink double and semi-double blooms, and is said to be very compact and free-flowering. Flowers reach up to 10cm across and are borne twice a year.

Clematis 'John Howells' bears rich carmine-red flowers and is said to be free-flowering and quite compact. It reaches up to 3m, with flowers up to 7cm. Hard pruning is recommended.

Clematis 'Best Wishes' features white, star-shaped flowers with a purple tint and a central bar of purple speckles. This variety was raised by Thorncroft, and owner Jonathan Gooch says it is a type that needs hard pruning, so it is easy to care for and good for late-summer flowers.

Clematis 'Gojogawa' is an early, large-flowered type, bred in Japan by Hiroshi Takeuchi. It is said to be a compact plant and to flower heavily. This variety features mauve-pink, star-shaped flowers with darker margins, which can reach up to 17cm across. Early blooms are often semi-double.

Clematis 'Tae' is similar in type to C. 'Gojogawa', being compact, early and free-flowering. It features white, star-shaped flowers, which merge into raspberry-pink margins and tips. Bred in Japan by Ren Tanaka.

Clematis 'Fleuri', a Raymond Evison-bred variety, features velvety, purpley-red flowers that have a red central bar and a large boss of creamy white anthers. This variety needs hard pruning and is suitable for containers. It reaches a height of 1.2m and flowers throughout the summer.

Clematis 'Ooh La La' is a Raymond Evison-bred variety and features pink, star-shaped flowers with dark pink bars and contrasting dark red anthers. Plants can reach a height of 1.2m and are suitable for containers. It is recommended to grow them in partial shade and prune hard.

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