I was recently asked about which shorter-sized (“petite”) clematis would be good for a container that resides on a patio in the summer and a greenhouse in the winter.
How do I classify a clematis as being “petite”? I consider a clematis to be petite if it reaches a height of less than six feet. Some of you may be a little dismayed if your clematis fits into this category and think you have been cheated, but personally I’m ecstatic that these diminutive clematis are available because I can grow them alone, in a pot, on a short obelisk, in the front of my garden border or I can pair these little cuties with taller clematis and/or ones that have naked knees such as C. ‘Ville de Lyon’ or C. ‘Perle d’Azur’.
Here are a few suggestions you might want to try out for size (pun unintended):
C. ‘American Beauty’
C. ‘Barbara Dibley’
C. ‘Mrs N. Thompson’
C. ‘Special Occasion’