Looking for all the world like it leapt out of the pages of an old world antique flower album, Avant Garde Clematis makes a powerful visual statement with its lavender/pink flower with yellow stamens on top of crepe-like cupped red outer petals. This large, aggressive growing perennial vine is going to quickly climb up any trellis or wall you provide for it and give you a long lasting show of blooms from midsummer until fall. It blooms on new wood each year, making pruning before the new growth appears each spring easy for you. If you are only going to plant one species of Clematis this year, choose this one. You will not regret it!
Most Clematis species are native to China and Japan, and have been hybridized since the 1800’s. The love affair with Clematis never stopped, prompting horticulturists to develop new colors and growth habits, bringing us a plethora of beautiful perennial vines to choose from. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9, clematis belong to a group of plants that prefer their roots to be cool and their heads to be hot, so mulch or supply ground cover of some sort for best performance, especially in the hottest months of summer.
Avante-Garde Clematis Care
Care and maintenance of Clematis begins with providing it support to grow on. As an aggressive upright grower, Clematis will cling to anything in its path and as its gardener, will look to you to provide it some support. A large trellis, a rock wall or terrace, or simply leaving it to spread out on the ground are some options that are available to you. Preferring to be in full sun with some afternoon shade tolerated, Clematis will appreciate being planted in sandy loam soil. Amend heavy clays to improve drainage as it does not tolerate wet soggy soils. It will grow best in slightly acidic to neutral soil, with regular waterings when natural rainfall is inadequate. Keep soil evenly moist for best results. Fertilize with a slow release general fertilizer like a 10-10-10, or if you are getting too much foliage and not enough blooms, use a rose or tomato fertilizer to cut down on the nitrogen ratio. Mulch root zone, especially in harsher winter regions.
Avante-Garde Clematis is in pruning group 3. Deadheading is not required as new buds will develop as the old flowers are spent. Pruning should be reserved for shaping an unruly vine, or in late winter just prior to new growth emerging in the spring. This clematis blooms on new growth, so trim stems back to about 3 feet above the ground, just above a swollen leaf bud. It will quickly grow to full size again by the end of the season.
Avante-Garde Clematis Spacing
Spacing is crucial for Clematis as they are opportunistic growers, and will grab anything in its path to continue their climb to the sun. Allow 24 to 30 inches of space between plantings. Avant Garde Clematis can reach 8 to 10 feet in height and spread out about 24 inches. Air circulation is important to stop the possibility of clematis wilt from occurring. Keep ground debris away from the base of the plant, and remove any wilted portions of your vine immediately at first sign of wilt. If the entire vine is affected, trim down to the ground and it will regrow on its unaffected roots. You are going to enjoy growing Avant Garde Clematis, especially if this is your first time growing this lovely species of perennial.
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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.
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Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)
We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.
The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.
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Standard Colors: 2-3 business days
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Time of Order:
- If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.
- We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location
Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.
It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.