Clematis Josephine is a popular double pink clematis climbing plant with large attractive flowers and trifoliate leaves (where each leaf is divided into three leaflets). This climber suits trellis, sunny walls and obelisks in borders or potted containers.
Widely recognised as a superb clematis Josephine is also called Clematis Evijohill or Clematis Josephine Evijohill. It was named after Josephine Hill who discovered the un-named clematis and brought it to the attention of renowned clematis breeder R. Evison. It made its first appearance at the 1998 Chelsea Flower Show and has been grown in UK garden ever since.
It is a rightly popular clematis for its unusual double flowers that have a flat outer layer of pink petals and a central pom-pom of smaller petals. All petals have darker pink centres and pale pink edges.
The foliage is also unusual being mid-green with trifoliate leaves on sturdy twining stems.
It will flower from early summer to early autumn and spent flowers mature into fluffy seeds head.
Height and Spread of Clematis Josephine Clematis Josephine Evijohill will grow to a height of 2.5 metres and spread over a metre.
How Hardy Is Clematis Josephine It’s hardy down to sub-zero temperatures if the roots are well-drained and it’s kept moist throughout the summer months.
How To Use Clematis Josephine This pretty and unusual clematis grows well in moist, fertile borders and will thrive in a container on the deck, patio, or balcony if it’s well-watered and fed each week. This is a larger clematis and the RHS recommend a container depth of at least 45 cms.
Train Clematis Evijohill against a wired fence, an obelisk or let established shrubs support its weight. It suits country cottage style gardens and creates an attractive feature on a patio, a decking, or as part of a balcony garden display.
How To Care For Clematis Josephine Clematis Josephine will grow in full sun to partial shade and needs rich, fertile soil to flower well. When planting add plenty of well-rotted manure to the planting hole and mulch every spring with compost and organic matter. Ensure you plant the roots deeply as they enjoy cool soil. Crocks or pebbles around the roots will help trap moisture. Clematis Josephine Evijohill does best in a sheltered situation such as against a sunny south or west facing wall. Keep it moist in hot spells and feed it well to encourage more blooms throughout the growing season.
Clematis Evijohill is a group 2 large flowering clematis and should be pruned in late winter or early spring or after the first spent flowers.