A prolific vine: Clematis tibetana var. vernayi

A prolific vine: Clematis tibetana var. vernayi

Just a quick note to wax poetic about Clematis tibetana var. vernayi, Zones 5 – 9. She’s a beauty. And quite vigorous. 

A million cheerful blossoms.

Oh sure, way back when, Ms. Danger told it would outgrow it’s space. And like always upon hearing those words, I thought, Pshaw.

Of course, it will have to move: it’s blocking the darn pathway. Not to be daunted, I’d still plant it again–in a heartbeat.

Little yellow lanterns. I want them hanging from my ceiling–all year round.

The finale seed heads aren’t bad either. In fact, might need to run out and pick a little bouquet. (I know the kitties would love them. Grrrrrr.)

Fireworks finale. Nice, no?

How about you? Do you have plants like that–too big and unruly for their britches–but you still can’t live without? I need to know, because I might want to try those too.

I love a challenge.


  • Tim Vojt

    Love those lemon-peel petals, but I am going to resist and heed the warning on the world-domination tendencies. Everything I grow is too big and unruly because of cramscaping. I haven’t banished Macleaya microcarpa from the garden yet because of its spectacular leaves, flowers and seed heads.

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      It’s a cool plant. And what with all the other cramscaping, how much could it hurt? But I know. The Plume Poppies–I have them, but never sure how I feel about them. I let them go until I can’t it anymore, and then yank them. I actually put some in my neighbors’ garden. And they weren’t crazy about it. So I put in a Crape Myrtle instead. L. ‘Pink Velour’. NOW they tell me they’re moving to Texas. Such nice people, I hate to see them go. And I sure hope the new peeps will let me plant whatever I want–like Gary & Gloria did. Maybe they can write it into the contract.

      Cheers, Tim.

  • Oregon Russ

    The Dimera on the bank of my koi pond is very happy there…too happy. It is engulfing its neighbors, a seven foot diameter Japanese maple and a three foot wide stand of ribbon grass. Winter project: dig up lots of its perimeter roots (rhizomes?) and relocate them where they won’t get into trouble. BTW, auto-correct changes Dimera into dormer. Glad I caught it.

  • Oregon Russ

    Oops…not “dimera.”..it’s Darmera peltata. Glad I caught that too.

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      Stupid auto correct–and a million plant names that sound alike. I love that Darmera peltata. But mine has not gotten unruly, primarily because I’m watering enough. I really should move to a better place. And a spot where I can appreciate those space alien blooms. Thanks for popping in, Russ. Always nice to hear from yo.

  • ricki grady

    It’s hard to heed good advice when faced with a plant that is enjoying its fifteen minutes of glory. Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ and a passion vine that took down a tower and a fence are the examples that come to mind. I was warned off both, but did I listen?

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      Hahahaha. We are Soul Sisters, Ricki. I’m pinning for a Passion Vine. And I also really really want Romneya coulteri. Everyone says NOOOOO. But I’m still lusting for it.

  • Alyson CooperWilliams

    I just dug up a large Kerria japonica ‘pleniflora’ (the double flowered variety) and donated it to my local Master Gardeners for their spring sale. They’ll be able to divide the clump and make LOTS more plants. I saved a small piece to replant elsewhere but this too is a plant that likes to send out suckers and spread out, lovely though it is.

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      Ooooooh. Now you’ve got me thinking. That was nice of you to share. It’s hard to see good plants go unloved. Cheers.

  • Grace Peterson

    Next year, I’m going to make an attempt to employ the pruning principles in Tracy DeAbato-Aust’s book. She writes about when to prune perennials (vines too I hope) to keep them from getting unruly and floppy. We’ll see.

    • Patricia L Cunningham

      That’s a thing? Why I never!