An Herbaceous Clematis Resource Guide

By: Julie Lane-Gay

Julie Lane-Gay, a native of Northern California, has been an avid gardener in the Vancouver area of British Columbia for…

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As a companion to Julie Lane-Gay’s article on herbaceous clematis in the July 2008 issue of Pacific Horticulture, we offer the following resource guide to sources of plants and further information about these non-twining members of the popular garden genus Clematis. New hybrids are introduced each year, including some that are relatively dwarf in stature. All make exceptional gardens plants in partnership with other perennials and smaller woody plants in the mixed border.

Nursery Sources
The following nurseries stock a good selection of species and/or hybrids of herbaceous clematis.

Big Dipper Farm
26130 SE Green Valley Road
Black Diamond, WA 98010
Online catalog and walk-in

Clearview Garden Shop
23743 – 48th Avenue
Langley, BC
Online catalog and walk-in

Completely Clematis Nursery
217 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938-2617
Online catalog and walk-in

Dancing Oaks Nursery
17900 Priem Road
Monmouth, OR 97361
Online catalog and walk-in

Digging Dog Nursery
PO Box 471
Albion, CA 95410
Online catalog and mail order

Free Spirit Nursery
20405 – 32 Avenue
Langley, BC
Canada V2Z 2C7
Walk-in only

Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road
Scappoose, OR 97056
Online catalog, mail order, and walk-in

UBC Shop in the Garden
University of British Columbia
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4
Walk-in only

Please be sure to mention Pacific Horticulture when contacting any of these vendors.

For Further Research
The following short list of books offers further information for the serious grower of herbaceous clematis.

Beutler, Linda. Gardening with Clematis: Design & Cultivation. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2004.

Toomey, Mary, and Everett Leeds. An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Clematis. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 2001.

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