'Tangerine Dream' Crossvine was a favorite of the late great Dr JC Raulston, who was largely responsible for bringing this beautiful vine into prominence. The large tubular flowers have showy open faces and are produced in great quantities in May and June. The color is a spectacular combination of tangerine and ruby red with yellow throats. Some reblooming happens sporadically, and the flowers are followed by interesting green pendant pods. The foliage turns shades of bronze in fall, and often remains attractive for most of the winter. Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Dream' is better behaved in size than most Campsis.
Campsis radicans 'PRN Redbird' is a beautiful dark red Trumpet Vine that was found on our nursery growing up an enormous Black Locust. We were so impressed with the flower color and length of bloom time that we decided to propagate it. 'PRN Redbird' blooms all summer, giving delight to us and food for our hummingbirds.
Anna-Louise™ ('Evithree') Clematis produces very large violet pink flowers that have contrasting center bars of reddish purple. The bloom period is May and June, with some reblooming in August and September. Hybridized by English Clematis breeder Raymond Evison.
Avant-Garde™ ('Evipo 033') Clematis comes from the Evison/Poulson hybridizing program. The 3" flowers are a showy combination of red surrounding pink petaloid stamens, making the blooms look almost double. The bloom period is July to September. Since Avant-Garde™ is a heavy bloomer, the show is very eye catching.
'Bijou' ('Evipo') Clematis is an unusual breakthrough in habit because it is designed to serve as a shade perennial or groundcover. The delicate double flowers are lavender violet and prolific. They appear for an extended time in mid summer on mounding ground hugging plants. Introduced in 2005 by British Clematis breeder, Raymond Evison.
Bourbon™ ('Evipo 018'(N)) Clematis is another exciting introduction from the Evison/Poulson breeding program. The large (5") flowers are a bright red, set off by bright yellow anthers. Although shorter than many Clematis, the flower display is impressive. Bourbon™ blooms June to August and would make an interesting addition to large mixed containers.
Diamantina™ ('Evipo039') Clematis is another exciting introduction from the Evison/Poulson breeding program. The flower form is unusual and stunning, with sky blue to purple extremely double petals on large 4" blooms. Because the flowers are double, they stay on the stems for longer than single flowers, and the blooming period is long. The plant is shorter than many Clematis, but makes up for its height by blooming prolifically. Diamantina™ looks great in containers as well.
Clematis 'Multi-Blue' has large dark blue to purple flowers which are double, made even showier by the frilly white tipped stamenoids. Blooms for an extended time starting in June and the flowers persist longer because they're double and therefore sterile.
PRN Preferred: Large long blooming flowers. Once the petals fall the anthers remain for added interest.
Clemaatis Piilu™ ("Little Duckling") is a compact vine, but a very heavy bloomer. The flowers appear in late spring and early summer as doubles, with bicolored petals of pink with a center bar of dark rose. As the new growth starts producing blooms, the flowers change to bicolored single blooms. The double flowers are produced on old wood, so a light pruning in late winter is recommended. Because of its small stature, Clematis Piilu™works well as a trellised container plant or scrambling up through shrubs.
Sapphire Indigo™ Clematis ('Cleminov 51') is a short non-clinging vine with gorgeous purple-blue flowers in June and July. It can be used as a loose open groundcover, but it works even better if allowed to twine up through small shrubs and sturdy perennials. The 4" blooms open as an open-faced purple and mature to a beautiful sapphire blue. Hybridized by INRA in France and introduced into the US by Conard Pyle Nurseries.
PRN Preferred: A long blooming sprawler, excellent when used in mixed borders.
Golden Clematis has yellow pendant flowers in June through August produced on a vigorous climbing vine. The bell-shaped flowers of 4 petals appear for an extended period, followed by attractive silky seedheads. Although Clematis tangutica has been in the US since the late 1800s, it is not easily found in commerce. If not run up a trellis, Clematis tangutica can also be used as a rather rampant groundcover.
'Princess Diana' Scarlet Clematis has beautiful tulip-shaped flowers in June and July, with fairly consistent reblooming in early fall. The up-facing blooms are soft pink on the outsides and dark-rose pink on the insides, making a lovely two-toned effect. The habit is scrambling, and needs some support.
PRN Preferred: Unique tulip-shaped deep pink flowers followed by silky seed heads.
'Duchess of Albany' Scarlet Clematis has clear pink bell shaped flower which have a deep rose bar in the centers of petals for a lovely bi-colored effect. Blooms prolifically starting in July through September. Shows more heat tolerance than many Clematis.
'Madame Julia Correvon' Italian Clematis blooms for a prolonged period from late June to September, producing a large quantity of 3" bright reddish wine flowers with yellow stamens. The viticella Clematis types flower on new growth, so they do well with a hard pruning in late winter to early spring. As a self-clinging vine, 'Madame Julia Correvon' does very well growing up trellises or winding up small trees or through large shrubs. The roots are happiest in cool shade and the tops prefer full sun.
The fragrant yellow trumpet-shaped flowers of 'Margarita' Carolina Jessamine appear in April and May and are more prolific in full sun, although shade tolerant. Foliage is dark glossy green and semi-evergreen. This Gelsemium is a cold hardy selection sent by Tom Dodd, Jr. of Alabama to Gene Cline of Georgia, who introduced it to the trade. It was found by Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens and he named it after his wife.
PRN Preferred: Early season fragrant blooms completely cover this vine. A show-stopper when in bloom, quick to establish.
Fiona Sunrise™ (‘Frojas’) Common White Jasmine is a stunning tender vine which has shown reliable hardiness as far north as Zone 6. The delicate foliage is bright chartreuse all summer, even when planted in full sun. Further south it produces fragrant white summer flowers, so its use as a protected container plant would have this added advantage. It forms a lovely contrast if allowed to scramble up through purple-leafed plants like Loropetalum or Cotinus. It may die to the ground in tough winters, but will grow to 6-8’ in the following summer. Found in England and introduced by Fromefield Nursery.
The coral-red flowers of 'Major Wheeler' Trumpet Honeysuckle bloom for a very long time from late spring through the summer when it is visited by hummingbirds. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' was found by Charles Wheeler of the NC Botanical Garden Foundation.
PRN Preferred: Very showy red flowers and disease free foliage, blooms for a very long time.
'Fenway Park' Boston Ivy has bright yellow leaves that turn to lime-green in summer and brilliant scarlet-red in fall. It was found by Dr. Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum near the famous baseball stadium as a chance sport of Parthenocissus tricuspidata. Boston Ivy is salt tolerant.
'Amethyst Falls' American Wisteria has fragrant, short bluish lavender flowers from June to August on current season's growth. It reblooms sporadically throughout the summer. It tolerates wet sites, and works well on pergolas. Introduced by Bob Head of Head-Lea Nursery.