Bright azure blue blooms will completely blanket the vines and apple green leaves of this lovely climbing perennial and will knock your socks off with its fast growth and beauty. Growing quickly up a trellis, terrace wall or fence, or perhaps even when planted on a mailbox post, Rhapsody will quickly win a place in your heart with its beautiful color and vigorous habits. Slightly ruffled, veined cobalt blue flowers with bright white/green anthers, sporting seven petals in a star shaped pattern, this perennial will put on a show for you year after year.
Native to China and Japan, and hardy to Zones 4 to 9, clematis has been the sweetheart of gardens across the country for centuries. Numerous cultivars give gardeners many shapes, colors and sizes to choose from. Known for their prolific vining and spreading habits, clematis provides a valuable service to homeowners as a summer to fall cover for gazebos and trellises while looking gorgeous. What is not to love about a cascade of blue flowers? With so many colors to choose from, you may find yourself pairing Rhapsody with a beautiful white, pink or dark purple clematis! Who knows, this may be the start of a love affair of everything clematis for you!
Rhapsody Clematis Care
Clematis prefer to have their heads in the sun and their feet shaded, and pair well with ground hugging perennials and annuals for an even showier presentation. Plant them in full sun for best flowering, remember, sun equals energy and energy creates flowers! Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Water regularly, especially when first establishing your new plant. They will grow in about any good draining soil, whether it be loam, clay or sand with an acidic to neutral pH range. Feed by applying a well composted organic material in the springtime, or apply a slow release fertilizer once a year for best results. Clematis prefer a low nitrogen fertilizer like a 5-10-10 to keep from producing all foliage and no flowers.
Pruning group 3. This vine blooms on new growth (new wood), each year. Deadheading after the first summer flowers will help to produce subsequent blooms. Clip spent flowers down to the first set of leaves and discard all plant debris. In late winter before new growth appears, cut the plant down to about three feet above soil level, or down to a new leaf bud, and it will quickly climb back up to its preferred height of about ten feet when mature. Mulch in winter for root zone protection. Apply 2 to 3 inches of good quality mulch.
Rhapsody Clematis Spacing
Space your plants about 24 inches apart for best results. This is a climbing vine and will tangle up with most anything in its path. Allow room to grow and spread out. Climbing to about 10 feet tall and spreading out about 2 feet wide, you will enjoy how quickly it fills in your designated location. Clematis has few pests that bother it, and is generally healthy, but if part of your vine wilts, quickly remove that portion and destroy the debris as they are susceptible to clematis wilt. If the entire plant is affected, cut it down to the roots and it will reappear on those roots the next spring. Clematis are a perennial favorite to gardeners across the country and you will find yourself intrigued by them when you plant Rhapsody in your perennial garden, patio or deck garden or massed out along a terrace wall this spring.
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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
Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice
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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.