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Country Life Every Week - - Chelsea Flower Show Preview -

A re­mark­able new­comer, Clema­tis Green Pas­sion (left) is ex­hib­ited by Thorn­croft Clema­tis (GPA147). Large and dou­ble, its flow­ers ap­pear twice a year, in early sum­mer and au­tumn. In the first flush, the petals are packed and run­ner-bean green, with silver-fleeced re­verses; in the sec­ond, they’re more open and grass-stained white. Many gar­den­ers have lit­tle lik­ing for green flow­ers, but it’s a taste worth ac­quir­ing. They work magic when paired with strong mauves and indigo-pur­ples. I could see Green Pas­sion held up on sticks in a ter­ra­cotta pot grow­ing with Salvia Caradonna; or in the ground, as a back­drop to Rosa Rhap­sody in Blue or tan­gling with Rosa Veilchen­blau.

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