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Snowdrift Clematis
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    Snowdrift Clematis

    SKU SKU17306
    Growing Zones: 7-9
    Mature Height: 10-25 ft.
    Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
    Sunlight: Full - Partial
    Spacing: 5 ft.
    Botanical: Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA
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    Growing Zones: 7-9
    Growing Zones: 7-9
    Mature Height: 10-25 ft.
    Mature Width: 5-10 ft.
    Sunlight: Full - Partial
    Spacing: 5 ft.
    Botanical: Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’
    Cannot Ship to: AZ, LA

    Showers of Flowers in Springtime that Cascade like a White-Capped Waterfall

    Plants that bloom at knee-level, or even at eye-level, certainly add flair to your garden. But when you plant Snowdrift Clematis (Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’), the flair upgrades to fabulous. This spectacular vine is profusely covered with white star-shaped flowers that burst into flower overhead and cascade down a 20-foot waterfall of leaves into your garden below.

    A Relaxing and Aromatic Scent
    You can enjoy the fresh fragrance in the garden by growing Snowdrift Clematis! It’s not an overpowering fragrance but a sweet, subtle blending of comforting scents that make you want to sit in your garden and luxuriate in your own outdoor aromatherapy session.

    Early Spring Flowers Attract Early Pollinators
    The 1- to 2-inch flowers appear in late winter to early spring, and they provide a valuable service for any backyard wildlife habitat. Early-season pollinators need early-season flowers. Many pollinators aren’t active during winter, such as bees and some butterflies that hibernate during cold weather. But these little creatures emerge with the onset of warm weather in early spring to begin their search for flowers that provide pollen and nectar. Snowdrift Clematis is a super source of food for early-season pollinators!

    Beyond the Floral Display
    Although Snowdrift Clematis is prized for its flowers, this is not a one-benefit-only plant. It fulfills a host of characteristics that are on gardeners’ must-have lists, including the qualities of being:

    Evergreen. Even when the flowers aren’t commanding center stage during Snowdrift Clematis vine’s blooming season, its leaves provide year-round beauty with their evergreen habit. The foliage is as profuse as the flowers, filling bare spaces and adding softness wherever the plant is grown.

    Pest- and disease-resistant. Snowdrift Clematis is virtually pest-free. Even deer typically pass by this plant to browse on other plants nearby. You won’t have to use chemical sprays to combat insect pests on this vine.

    Drought-tolerant. In today’s water-wise world, choosing drought-tolerant plants for the landscape is a responsible choice. Not to mention that you’ll save money on your water bill, and you won’t have to spend the time to water manually or incur the cost of an irrigation system. Mature Snowdrift Clematis vines are remarkably drought-tolerant – a water-wise choice!

    Intriguing Young Foliage Color
    Snowdrift Clematis has dark-green mature leaves, which provide a contrast to its new growth. When the new leaves open, they’re richly colored in shades of bronze. When you see this bronzy color against the older green leaves, don’t think something is wrong with your vine – it’s simply another colorful addition to your garden!

    Planting and Aftercare Checklist
    Some clematis species can be a little tricky to grow, but you’ll be delighted with the exceptional ease at which Snowdrift Clematis establishes itself and prospers in your garden. It’s a perennial in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7 through 9, and it may overwinter in some areas of Zone 6. Follow these guidelines to get your vine off to a great start:

    Choose a planting site that receives mostly sun. Snowdrift Clematis can handle a little shade, particularly in the hotter regions of its perennial range, but it prospers in full-sun areas.

    Dig a proper planting hole. Make the hole only as deep as the plant’s rootball and at least twice as wide, and don’t loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole. If you do, the plant can settle below the surface of the soil when you water it, which can smother the roots.

    Backfill with native soil. Snowdrift Clematis is readily adaptable to a variety of soil types. If the soil you removed from the planting hole is compacted, loosen it before backfilling the hole. This will help new roots grow more easily into the surrounding soil.

    Keep its roots shaded by mulching. Here is a universal guideline for clematis plants: they like “cool feet” – in other words, they grow best when a layer of mulch keeps the hot sun from baking the soil around their roots. Apply a 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch around plants, but be careful not to pile the mulch against the stem.

    Pruning is optional. You won’t have to prune Snowdrift Clematis to keep it blooming year after year, but if you want to shape it, trim the vine in spring just after it finishes flowering. This plant produces new flower buds on the previous year’s growth, so if you wait to prune it in late winter or early spring you’ll cut off the developing flower buds and it won’t bloom for you that year.

    Fertilize in spring. Before the new growth emerges in spring, fertilize according to the results of a soil test.

    Ongoing watering regimen. After your newly transplanted Snowdrift Clematis takes root and becomes established, you’ll only have to water it during times of drought. Rely on natural rainfall to supply most of this plant’s water needs, but don’t neglect it during long periods of no rainfall. Water it thoroughly and deeply to give it 1 inch of water per week.

    A Word of Caution
    The degree of toxicity varies, but all clematis species are considered toxic if eaten. Keep an eye out for dogs that may chew on plants and for curious children who can’t resist the pretty flowers!

    Designing with Vines
    Vines are often some of the most overlooked and underused plants in landscape designs. Perhaps it’s because gardeners aren’t quite sure what to do with them, so it’s just easier to plant something more familiar. But Snowdrift Clematis is a landscaper’s dream plant because it needs such little maintenance to flourish in a big way. Plant it along a fence for a billowy white snowdrift look; it’ll fill in the gaps created by chain-link fencing, and it drapes beautifully over a privacy fence. Structures such as arbors and pergolas are quickly enhanced by the fast-growing habit of Clematis Snowdrift. If you have a cottage garden, the white flowers of Clematis Snowdrift complement any floral palette – picture it planted on a trellis near old-fashioned pink roses!

    Fast-Growing Evergreen Privacy Screen
    If you’d like to enjoy some privacy in your outdoor sitting spot, you could always plant evergreen shrubs to shield the area. But have you ever thought about planting evergreen vines as a living wall? Clematis Snowdrift is a lovely alternative to more utilitarian plants; plus, it gives you the bonus of springtime flowers!

    Design tip: When measuring the area you want screened, allow one Clematis Snowdrift vine for each 5 feet of linear space. As the plants grow upward on supports, their foliage will overlap to form a solid privacy wall.

    It Won’t Pull Down Your House
    If you’ve hesitated to grow a vine on one of your garden structures or near your home, you don’t have to worry that Snowdrift Clematis will take over everything! Unlike some types of vines, which are aggressive to the point of damaging the structures that support them, Snowdrift Clematis sports vigorous growth that does not become invasive.

    Fragrance that Gently Infuses the Air
    You’ll want to plant Snowdrift Clematis where you can not only see its overwhelming floral display but where you can also enjoy its fragrance. If you have a second-story deck, plant Snowdrift Clematis so it will climb up the deck posts. As you sit on your deck, the delicious fragrance will waft upward and permeate the air. If you plant it around your screened porch, you’ll also enjoy the fragrance from all its flowers. And if you train Snowdrift Clematis to grow over an arbor, be sure to place a bench underneath the arbor. You’ll create an instant sitting area that is shaded by the evergreen vines plus scented with the enchanting flowers.

    Snowdrift Clematis has a tropical look to it, but it’s actually native to China. Ernest Henry Wilson, a renowned plant collector, traveled the world to bring thousands of plants to his native England. It was 1900 when he discovered Snowdrift Clematis growing in China.

    Snowdrift Clematis is in the Ranunculaceae plant family, which also includes buttercups and anemones.

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