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danny connors View Drop Down
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    Posted: 07 Oct 2010 at 9:03pm
Hi, I want to grow a clematis in and around an ivy which is climbing on an east facing fence and i'm really keen on those that have those fluffy silver seedheads during winter. I saw one last year and it was stunning but don't know which one it was. 
 
The only one i know of is a 'tangutica' , but are there others or better ones.
 
I'm not totally greenfingered so any advice on a reliable type and one that does offer plenty of these seedheads would be much appreciated.
 
Thank you.  Danny
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  Quote Nunn00123 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Oct 2010 at 2:31pm
Hi Danny,
 
Two selections in this group are, C. Bill Mackenzie and Aureolin, having a good show of yellow flowers in summer to autumn followed by attractive seed heads, they should be okay in an east facing position provided they can get a reasonable amount of sun. I would not grow clematis with Ivy, as it tends to be a hiding place for snails and harmful insects, having a short distance to travel to have a meal on the clematis, afterwards retreating back into hiding.
 
Best of luck
 
Roy
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  Quote danny connors Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2010 at 8:13pm
Thanks for reply Roy, a really good point about the ivy and thanks for the 2 varieties you mentioned.
 
Regards  Danny
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  Quote hannesdp Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Oct 2010 at 11:06pm
Dear Danny,

I have a Cirrhosa Jingle Bells that flowers in Winter. It receives a lot of sun and it is stunning when in flower. It is a vigourous grower and disease free. It goes dormant for a short period in summer, but you will hardly notice it. The seedheads are attractive but not quite so spectacular.  I would also keep the ivy away. Hope you make a great choice!
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  Quote danny connors Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Oct 2010 at 8:16pm
Thanks for the reply and help re the cirrhosa, will consider this one also.
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