Clematis Zara is a deciduous, long flowering clematis with pale purple star-shaped flowers than last from spring to early autumn. It’s a good choice for compact gardens such as balconies and patio containers.
Clematis Zara is a fairly new clematis bred by R Evison and was launched at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012. This is a compact climber but large flowering clematis that produces blooms from early spring and has a second flush in summer through to early autumn. The blooms are pale blue to purple, measure 10-13 cms in diameter, and look striking with their yellowy-white anthers.
The foliage is mid to dark green, ovate, and creates a perfect backdrop for the cool shade of its flowers and fluffy seed heads.
Height And Spread of Clematis Zara This is a small and compact clematis that reaches a height of 1.2 metres and spreads over a metre.
How Hardy Is Clematis Zara Clematis Zara is hardy down to sub-zero temperatures if its roots are well drained and it is grown in rich fertile soil.
How To Use Clematis Zara A great addition to a balcony garden or a patio as Zara can be grown in a large well-watered and fed container with a trellis or obelisk as support. Zara will also grow in a flower border against a fence or wall with wire supports.
The pale colouring of this clematis means it lifts a dull and shady spot and mixes well with other brightly coloured clematis, roses and summer planting.
How To Care For Clematis Zara Clematis Zara will grow in full sun to partial shade and prefers rich fertile soils. When planting add plenty of well-rotted manure to the planting hole and mulch every spring with compost and organic matter.
Plant the roots deeply as they enjoy a cool environment and place crocks or pebbles around the roots to trap moisture and reduce heat levels in summer.
Zara does best in a sheltered spot but will tolerate some exposure. Keep it moist in hot spells and feed well before cutting the vines down to 20 cms above ground level in late winter or very early spring. New shoots will appear mid-spring and grow to their full height.