Clematis Varieties For Zone 4: Growing Clematis In Zone 4 Gardens

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While not all are considered cold hardy clematis vines, many of the popular varieties of clematis can be grown in zone 4, with the proper care. Use the information in this article to help determine suitable clematis for cold climates of zone 4.

Choosing Zone 4 Clematis Vines

Jackmanii is probably the most popular and reliable zone 4 clematis vine. Its deep purple flowers bloom first in spring and then again in late summer through fall, blooming on new wood. Sweet Autumn is another popular cold hardy clematis vine. It is covered in small, white, extremely fragrant flowers in late summer through fall. Listed below are additional clematis varieties for zone 4.

Chevalier – large, lavender-purple blooms

Rebecca – bright red blooms

Princess Diana – dark pink, tulip-shaped flowers

Niobe – deep red flowers

Nelly Moser – light pink flowers with dark pink-red stripes down each petal

Josephine – double lilac-pink flowers

Duchess of Albany – tulip-shaped, light to dark pink blooms

Bee’s Jubilee – small pink and red flowers

Andromeda – semi-double, white-pink flowers

Ernest Markham – large, magenta-red blooms

Avant Garde – burgundy flowers, with pink, double centers

Innocent Blush – semi-double flowers with “blushes” of dark pink

Fireworks – purple flower with dark purple-red stripes down each petal

Growing Clematis in Zone 4 Gardens

Clematis like moist but well-draining soil in a site where their “feet” or root zone is shaded, and their “head” or aerial parts of the plant are in the sun.

In northern climates, cold hardy clematis vines that bloom on new wood should be cut back in late autumn to winter and heavily mulched for winter protection.

Cold hardy clematis that bloom on old wood should only be deadheaded as needed throughout the blooming season, but the root zone should also be heavily mulched as protection through winter.

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