25 Types of Clematis To Grow | Best Clematis Varieties

Discover different Types of Clematis varieties and bring colors to your garden with the elegant flowers of this stunning looking plant!

Clematis is an attractive deciduous vine that can be grown in small gardens and homes. The plant also includes evergreen and herbaceous varieties, with multiple colors, forms, and flowering seasons, though most of the plant flowers between early spring and fall. Here are some of the best Types of Clematis you should grow!

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Types of Clematis

Clematis plants are divided into three basic groups.

  • Group One: If overgrown, these plants require light pruning before the end of July. They flower on old wood.
  • Group Two: This category flowers on old and new wood both, and needs a light pruning after flowering. Most of these are large flowering hybrids that include ‘Viva Polonia’ and ‘Diamond Ball.’
  • Group Three: They flower on new wood and can be pruned to 12-15 inches in the early spring. These species include C.viticella and C. x jackmanii.

1. The President Clematis

Types of Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘The President’

The President clematis is a deciduous vine with large, star-shaped flowers, in vibrant violet-blue shades, having white filaments tinted with pink to deep red color. It flowers in late spring to early summer and fall. The plant flourishes well in full sun or part shade in moist, well-draining soil.

2. Brother Stefan Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Szczepan Marczynski

This easy to grow plant has large, ruffled, blue flowers that start to appear in early summer and continue throughout mid to late summer. You can prune it back to 15-20 inches in early spring when the new growth appears. It flowers on both new and old wood. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.

3. Clematis ‘Henryi’

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USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Henryi’

This trailing clematis flower abundantly in early summer and continues to produce small flowers on new wood, from mid-summer to early fall. The plant displays pure white petaled flowers, with a contrast of violet to brown-tinged centers. To have the best flowering, prune the plant in late winter or early spring.

4. Claire de Lune Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Claire de Lune.’

Claire de Lune clematis (Clematis ‘EVIrin) flowers in white, pale, and lilac tints with wavy edges on petals. The dark purple anthers provide each flower a contrasting center. To produce the most beautiful flowers, grow the plant in partial shade.

Note: This beautiful vine has won the Chelsea flower show in England for their stunning, 7 inches wide flowers.

5. ‘Rebecca’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-10

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Rebecca’

The ‘Rebecca’ clematis opens in a velvety red flower with a yellow center. Its color turns purple if grown in the shade. You can get the red hue by planting this clematis in the sunlight. All clematis, including ‘Rebecca’ variety, grows best when put in a shaded and cool location.

6. ‘Diamond Ball’ Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Diamond Ball’

The ‘Diamond Ball’ clematis showcases blue-white, double flowers that form 4-5 inches wide, spherical shaped blossoms. You can prune the stems back to 18-20 inches high, in early spring. This variety produces flowers during the entire summer. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.

7. ‘Josephine’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis

This striking double clematis unfolds in the shades of lilac with a ruff center. The largest outer petals (botanically known as tepals) fade and drop, leaving the pompom in the center of the flower. Prune one-third of the top growth in early spring, as it helps in flowering.

8. ‘Nelly Moser’ Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’

‘Nelly Moser’ features large, 7-9 inches bicolor flowers in late spring or early summer, followed by the second phase of flowering in early fall. The striking flower opens in a pale lilac shade, with a pink bar, below the center. Grow this beautiful plant in light shade as colors can fade in full sunlight.

9. ‘Kilian Donahue’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-10

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Kilian Donahue’

‘Kilian Donahue’ is one of the best bicolor types. The flower opens with ruby red centers that fade to fushia at every petal tip. The edges have orchid hue when the plant matures and change to lavender with pink stripes. Vines flower all summer abundantly long.

10. Evergreen Clematis

USDA Zone: 7-9

Botanical Name: Clematis vitalba

Evergreen clematis offers year-round color to the garden! This beauty features an avalanche of white flowers during spring. It is also known as Clematis x cartmanii ‘Blaaval,’ and you can grow the plant in partial to full sun. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.

11. ‘Duchess of Albany’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 5-9

Botanical Name: Clematis texensis ‘Duchess of Albany’

‘Duchess of Albany’ displays bell-shaped pink flowers, with dark pink stripes down from the center of the petal. This variety is also referred to as the late-flowering type as the first flower opens in midsummer and keeps on flowering through September. The vines become drought-resistant after getting established.

12. Small-Flowered Shrub Clematis

USDA Zone: 3-7

Botanical Name: Clematis

‘Stand By Me’ clematis showcases a shrub form that doesn’t require a trellis. Its stems grow upright with blue flowers hanging like bells, that unfurls from late spring to midsummer. The plant can grow up to 34-38 inches tall and 24-28 inches wide.

13. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

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USDA Zone: 4-7

Botanical Name: Clematis x jackmanii

‘Jackmanii’ is the most popular and classic variety of clematis that displays deep purple flowers from early summer to fall. Start pruning in late winter or early spring, by cutting all the woody stems of the previous year, keeping them just above the base of the plant.

14. Fragrant Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis flammula

‘Sweet Summer Love’ is a fragrant variety of clematis that emits a sweet perfume that can fill the entire yard with a soothing aroma. The flower opens in cranberry shade and turns purple during maturity. It flowers all summer long with aromatic blossoms. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.

15. Clematis Recta

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USDA Zone: 3-9

Botanical Name: Clematis recta

Clematis recta grow like a perennial that dies back to the ground in every harsh freezing winter. The fragrant, white flowers open in late spring to early summer. You can grow it like a shrub, close to a tall perennial so that it gets the right support.

16. Tekla Garland Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis

Tekla Garland Clematis accommodates very well in small gardens and containers. The plant produces a 4-5 inch wide red-pink flower, continuously from early summer to the fall. It is perfect for growing in containers. Place the pot in the light shade to full sunlight.

17. Clematis ‘Bourbon’

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USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Bourbon’

This clematis variety is popular for its long flowering season, which begins in late spring, by forming red-purple flowers throughout the early fall. It can reach up to a height of 5-6 feet. Grow this beautiful clematis in loamy, sandy, neutral soil.

18. ‘Empress’ Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Empress of India’

The ‘Empress Clematis’ offers double and semi-double soft pink flowers, with deep pink centers, during summer and early fall. This stunning variety climbs up to 6-8 feet. It is an easy to grow clematis that thrives well in full sun in moist, well-drained soil.

19. ‘Hyde Hall’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-9

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Hyde Hall’

Hyde Hall is a compact and beautiful, large flowering variety that displays pure white flowers in early and late summer. This shade-tolerant, easy to grow deciduous climber, thrives well in full sun to partial shade. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.

20. ‘Neva’ Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis

The ‘Neva’ is a perfect variety if you want lots of colors in a compact space. It climbs up to 4-5 feet tall and flowers abundantly during spring and early summer. Grow the plant in full to partial shade.

21. ‘Hagley Hybrid’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’

‘Hagley Hybrid’ features shell-pink flowers, with a hint of lavender, which looks striking on arbor or trellis. It can grow up to 6-8 feet tall in containers or small gardens. This clematis can work well in partial shade in well-drained, moist soil.

22. Java Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-11

Botanical Name: Clematis javana

This climber clematis showcases fragrant green-white flowers, with oppositely arranged leaves, from November to February. The flower has four sepals that look like petals. Java clematis needs moderate humidity and full sun to partial shade, for optimum growth. Native to Asia, they can grow well in warm climates as well.

23. Sweet Autumn Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-11

Botanical Name: Clematis terniflora

Sweet autumn clematis is a deciduous perennial flowering vine that can grow up to 15-30 feet high. This twining vine forms small, white, fragrant flowers in fall, with dark green leaves. You can grow these vines in full sun for abundant flowering, though the vine can tolerate shade as well.

24. ‘Climador’ Clematis

USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis ‘Konigskind’

‘Climador’ clematis is also known as ‘konigskind.’ It features big flowers in striking shades of lavender-blue, during late spring and summer. It can climb up to 5-6 feet, in partial to full sun. Water the plant frequently- weekly or more often, in hot climates or containers. This variety grows rapidly in warm climates.

25. ‘Fleuri’ Clematis

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USDA Zone: 4-8

Botanical Name: Clematis

This clematis variety displays rich blue-purple flowers all summer long. The ‘Fleuri’ clematis is of compact nature that makes it ideal for containers and small trellises. It grows well in well-drained, moist soil and full sun or partial shade. It is one of the best types of clematis to grow.


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