Clematis are a staple in my garden. Most are species or Clematis viticella cultivars for several good reasons: they follow the late spring/early summer flowers, bringing a new and different look to the garden; they have smaller flowers, but many more of them than the dinner-plate types; they don't suffer from the dreaded clematis wilt which can destroy a seemingly healthy plant in less than 24 hours; when they die back in late fall, you cut them down to knee-height and they remain tidy through to the following spring; quite a number of them are scented.
This year, a long and unusual hot spell has driven all but one into shedding their petals early. However, their seedheads add subtle interest to much of the garden.
'Willy', a spring bloomer starts off with tufts of fluff that slowly turn to silver spirals.
'Miss Bateman' prefers the look of brass.
'Nelly Moser', a volunteer that I may not keep because I don't care for its candy cane flowers, presents blond fright wigs.
Little Clematis ochroleuca has a cluster of pea-green seeds with curling shreds of palest yellow.
Clematis integrifolia is still producing a few cobalt-blue flowers alongside its spidery white seedheads
And Clematis recta is a mass of green fireworks.