Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Last year, I discovered dryland clematis also called sugarbowls. They've been offered on/off by High Country Gardens, and I saw one offered once at Agua Fria Nursery, but last year, reading about them in Robert Nold's book High and Dry, I had to get some. Actually I already had one, but I needed more. Those flowers were so cute that I had to get my hands on whatever I could find. Unfortunately (or fortunately for that matter), I was only able to find a few, at Laporte Avenue Nursery. I ordered a couple of whatever they had. I had read that they take some time to get established, and seeing how slowly they progress, at least in my garden, that is a bit of an understatement. Still I got one flower so far, and one more to open, from my six plants. One died last year, which was very sad.

My plants are a far cry from those posted on the Denver Botanical Gardens website, but at least it's a start. How can you not fall for these delicate creatures?

The lilac is the opposite of small and dainty, but it blooms in a coordinated color and at the same time. 


  1. Not shabby...I often see the sort-of-native Clematis here with those same hanging lantern blooms...very showy. I tried the C. jackmannii (?) a number of times in ABQ in just the right exposure - cooler, east, shade roots and morning sun tops), and few did well for long. Yet in the hottest part of the valley a residential client's do well.

    Local natives at 1000' +/- were so much easier for me and all my jobs!

    1. Jackmanii seems to do just fine in my garden, and is mostly in the shade. It actually does much better than the scottii's, but that is comparing apples to oranges. For a big clematis that does fine, with the pendant flowers, try Betty Corning, which is said to do well in Texas, and does well in my garden, next to jackmanii.