I have a clematis ‘Princess Diana’ that is just starting to bloom in amongst the Roses ‘Zephrin Drouhin’ (flowers about the same color as the clematis) and ‘Golden Showers’ (yellow flowers). It has very healthy foliage low on the plant, and it also blooms rather low on the plant at about four to five feet, and these qualities make it a good companion for the bare bottom stems so common on climbing roses. The flowers on Diana are approximately one and a half inches long and bell-shaped. They are a rose color, with white to soft pink around the edges of the sepals. A very pretty clematis that does well here in gardening zone 8 in Southwest Washington state. This is a member of the C. texensis grouping of clematis, meaning that they all tend to have flowers in the red color, and Diana likes a sunny spot with ample water and good drainage–put a good shovelful of gravel into the planting hole to help with this. It blooms on new growth, which means that you will want to prune this clematis back to eighteen inches tall or so when it is dormant, usually in February or March in this area. Fertilize it once a month starting in April and continue through the growing season.
And more of a close-up of the flowers:
Please feel free to leave a comment–have you grown clematis ‘Princess Diana’ in your garden, and with what other plants do you combine it?