Sweetly fragrant, free-flowering, and easy to grow! This very special newcomer from renowned Polish breeder Marczynski produces masses of small, star-shaped reddish-purple flowers in July and August with occasional flowering into October. ‘Sweet Summer Love’ is the first fragrant, multicolored clematis and can produce over 2,000 flowers in a growing season. Hardy and disease-resistant, a mature plant can cover 12′ structures. When the world-renown clematis breeder Szczepan Marczynski of Poland told us he had what amounts to a sweet autumn clematis with red flowers that change to purple and that blooms months earlier, we were all in. The fragrance of sweet autumn clematis is as good as any plant in existence, and the same goes this beauty. Most Clematis can be tricky to grow, with brittle stems that break if you so much as look at them, but this plant is super sturdy and grows like a dream. Anyone can be successful growing this variety. It’s as close to perfection as a plant can be.
‘Sweet Summer Love’ gives you everything you want: the flowers, the fragrance, the ease of growth and cranberry-violet blooms that start over a month earlier than others – starting in July in the midwest and northeast, and lasting until mid-September. It will add lots of drama to gardens when trained up a trellis or other support.
The first year you plant it, it does not do much besides grow roots. The next year it takes off, however, it is much more restrained than sweet autumn clematis and does not litter the garden with unwanted seedlings. This plant has what it takes to be the best-selling clematis of all time. It won a DGA Green Thumb award for the best new plant of 2014 and we expect it to earn many more awards and accolades as people get to know it.
Prefers average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Provide support such as trellis or arbor. Apply a slow-release balanced fertilizer and an organic mulch to keep the roots cool, avoiding the immediate crown. Keep the roots cool. May benefit from a hard pruning in late winter. Leave at least two pairs of buds on each stem.. Pruning group 3.