Did you know there are alpine clematis? Well, I didn’t, and when I came across this little beauty, Clematis ‘Eleanor’, at a plant fair last year, I was very taken with it.
Eleanor grows to only 30cms high and 60cms wide. It’s an evergreen, and the flowers are a creamish-green colour. It loves full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Like all Clematis, it needs Alkaline or Neutral soil. It’s hardy to H4 in the UK and zones 9, 8, and 7 in the US.
I’ve put it in a pot with a young Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’. It’s a pot to give interest all year round, and sits just outside our dining room door to the garden. This is an east-facing position, so gets the morning to lunchtime sun.
Apparently it has fluffy seed heads, so I’m looking forward to seeing those. This is such a sweet little plant and a nice addition to my alpine collection.