Clematis 'Venosa Violacaea', a Clematis Of Many Virtues
A clematis of many virtues. Photogenic, easy, and vigorous even here in Southern California. I think of it not as a purple clematis with a bit of white, but as a white clematis with a strong overlay of purple netting. The flowers are smallish but plentiful, and rebloom is good even without deadheading. My main problem with this variety is that I only have one plant. More would be better.
Looking bluish in late afternoon light:
Clematis 'Bourbon' is finished for now. A light trimming and a hit of fertilizer will produce another round of flowers, if I can get that ambitious.
For a while this part of the garden was my "Rose Lady" area: all the roses were named after various ladies: Lady Hillingdon, Comtesse Vandale, Royal Highness, and suchlike. I pointed this out to one visitor, and she said, "Oh, you must have tea with them in the afternoon." I replied, pointing to the clematis, "Nope, bourbon!" She thought that was funny, anyway. A little garden humor. (A very little).