Brushwood Nursery

Clematis Gillian Blades


Beautiful ruffly flowers open with a hint of blue and mature to a pure white. Blooms in late spring and again in late summer. Its compact habit makes it a great choice for patio containers. 

  • Large Flowered Hybrid
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Zones 4-11, grows 6 to 8 feet
  • Fisk, Suffolk, England, 1975.
  • AGM. Pruning: 2


All of our Clematis are grown right here at our nursery in north Georgia. Most plants are grown from cuttings, not seed (except where noted), and none are grafted. This assures that you will get a healthy plant that is true to name.

Each plant will be fully rooted in a true quart size pot with a label and 18' stake as pictured. When your plants arrive, you'll find them packed carefully with natural materials and individually wrapped. The stake is used to protect the plant in transit and may be removed when planting.

We grow many different varieties of Clematis and they will not all look the same when they arrive. Some varieties have small leaves and many branches at this size. Others, like the large-flowered hybrids, may only have a few sets of leaves due to their habit of growth. We prune our plants regularly for their health here at the nursery and to promote branching in the garden so occasionally some plants may be shorter than others when they arrive. This will not affect their ability to adapt to their new home in your garden.

Planting- Since Clematis can live up to 50 years, careful planting is essential. Water the pot well before planting then dig a hole at least twice as big as the pot and twice as deep. Return some of the soil to the hole and amend with organic matter if needed. Remove the plant from its pot being careful not to pull on the vine or the stake. 

Plant the Clematis so that the pot soil level is about two inches lower than the ground. This keeps the roots moister and provides buds below ground if the vine should suffer a disease or infestation and you need to cut it back. Fill the rest of the hole and over the top of the pot's soil line, amending if necessary. Place it in the hole at a 45 degree angle to encourage new shoots. Water well and add soil if it settles below ground level. Water regularly throughout the first growing season. For more detailed planting information see How To Grow Clematis.

Training- The possibilities for Clematis training are endless. They are often grown on mailboxes or fences, but they are lovely and very natural-looking grown through a shrub or open tree. Clematis Gillian Blades clings by wrapping its leaf stems (petioles) around a supporting structure such as a trellis, wire or small branch and something must be provided for the plant to climb. Beyond that, use your imagination! Most Clematis are great in containers and draping from retaining walls. For more detailed training and design ideas see How To Grow Clematis.

Pruning- Gillian Blades is a Group 2 (B) Clematis, which means it begins flowering in early summer from last year's growth as well as flowering later on short canes from new growth. While pruning is not necessary, it can be used to shape the plant and encourage more flowers on new growth. These can be pruned in spring before new growth begins for a more floriferous show later in the summer or pruned after spring flowering so that the earlier show of larger, but fewer flowers can be enjoyed. Look for fat, healthy buds on sturdy branches, about a third down from the top and cut just above these healthiest buds. Remove dead or damaged branches any time. 

With a good start and attention during establishment, your Clematis will be a beautiful and long lasting addition to your garden!

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