Clematis Franziska Maria is a deciduous double-flowering clematis with large purple blooms. It flowers from mid spring to early autumn and suits small to medium sized gardens.
Clematis Franziska Maria was bred by R. Evison and named after his youngest daughter. It was released at the 2005 Chelsea Flower show and has become popular for its distinctive double flowered blooms. Blooms are produced in spring and freely flower across summer into early autumn in a swathe of purple with contrasting white anthers. Each flower measures 15 cms across making it an extremely large flowering clematis. Blooms mature into fluffy seed heads which can be left over winter for sheltering insects. The foliage is mid-green, ovate and plentiful to match the numerous flowers.
Franziska Maria is a good choice for medium-sized gardens as it doesn’t grow too large, but produces a large and long-lasting flower display.
Height and Spread of Clematis Franziska Maria Clematis Franziska Maria is a modest size reaching 4 metres in height and a metre in spread.
How Hardy Is Clematis Franziska Maria Clematis Franziska Maria is hardy and resilient coping with sub-zero UK winters if the roots are well drained and it is kept moist across the summer.
How To Use Clematis Franziska Maria This is a beautiful clematis that covers a fence or wall across the warmer months. It will grow well in fertile borders clinging to a trellis or wires. Alternatively, you can grow this pretty clematis in a large and well-watered container feeding it once a week in the growing season. Vines will cover an obelisk or a trellis on the patio, deck or a balcony.
The deep purple colour creates beautiful displays with paler roses, summer shrubs, and white clematis in colourful country cottage style planting. It also suits a modern architectural courtyard garden when grown against a wall.
How To Care For Clematis Franziska Maria Clematis Franziska Maria will grow in full sun to partial shade and prefers rich fertile soil. It’s happy to grow in most gardens and can cope with some exposure but it does best in a sheltered spot.
When planting add plenty of well-rotted manure to the planting hole and mulch every spring with compost and organic matter. Plant the root ball deeply as clematis enjoy cool roots. Place crocks or pebbles around the roots to trap moisture and keep them cool in summer.
Water freely in hot spells and cut vines down to 20 cms above ground level in late autumn or winter. Shoots will appear in spring and re-grow to their full height.