My beautiful clematis Piilu
A few of you have been asking me what the beautiful pink flowers in the background of many of my pictures are. So, I decided to dedicate an entire post to this lovely clematis called Piilu.
A lovely clematis is flowering in my garden now. Many of my readers write to me when they see the flowers in the background of my pictures, they want to know what it's called. Well, I thought I would do you one better and write a whole post about it. This is my large-flowered clematis variety Piilu.
Piilu is an early clematis variety that produces beautiful pink and white flowers. They can flower on both the shoots from this year and last year which means plenty of flowers. My Piilu grows on a post by my bicycle fence. It looks so beautiful! I'm hoping that cathedral bells will start growing here too.
Maintenance and pruning
I don't really prune this clematis, I just clean it up a little when it starts looking a bit worse for wear. When it does, I just cut the whole plant without really caring about the rules. It will grow back up just fine, it just won't grow as large as it was the first time. If you want to do it according to the book though, you should remove the dead parts in spring and then cut the smaller shoots down to a few inches.
I'm growing Piilu right in the middle of my kitchen garden. The soil is great, mainly because I do a lot of mulching here. I don't use any other fertilizer for my clematis. The mulch seems to work really well though.
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- Piilu is supposed to be very hardy, even in zone 4
- sunny/partial shade is optimal
- flowers from May to September
- Piilu belongs to pruning group 2
- grows to around 6 feet (2 meters) tall
More about flowers: Self-sown summer flowers
I have three other clematis varieties in my garden. I planted Red Cardinal in the same spot as Piilu, and I also have a blue Jackmanii and a large-flowered white variety that I don't remember the name of right now. I will fill you in as soon as I remember it. Clematis is so lovely, I think I will buy a few more plants for my kitchen garden.