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Clematis Gillian Blades

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This glorious variety produces an abundance of almost frilly looking, white, star-shaped blooms in two waves with the first from late-spring to early-summer and a second flush in early autumn. The flowers have six to eight broad, lightly textured, overlapping tepals that are pure white with very pale blue-mauve ruffled margins that taper to a pointed tip. The stamens have white filaments and yellow anthers. This variety will grow 2.0 to 2.6m in height and is suitable for growing in containers or planting in the ground.

Raised by Jim Fisk of Westleton and named after of his secretaries, it was introduced in 1975

Recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993 for its outstanding qualities.


Height: 2.0 to 2.6m
Group: Early, large-flowered Clematis
Pruning Group: PG. 2
Flower Colour: Mauve-blue
Flower Size: 15.0 to 17.0cm
Flowering Period: Late spring to early summer & again late summer to early autumn
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
History Raised by Jim Fisk of Westleton and named after of his secretaries, it was introduced in 1975


Pruning will help keep your clematis vines healthy.  Pruning the dense tangle of stems opens the remaining shoots to air and light which encourages healthy growth and reduces the incidence of rot and disease.

Group 2 Clematis bloom in late spring on last years growth and again in summer on the new growth.  This group require a little more care when pruning as if you cut back too heavily after the first flush you will reduce the number of flowers on show in summer.

Prune back lightly to a set of strong buds in winter and remove any dead stems and trim to tidy the plant. After the first flush of flowers in spring, remove the spent flowers to encourage new growth and a stronger second flush in summer. Feed with a good quality liquid fertiliser after pruning to encourage growth.