Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ And Clematis Franziska Marie
Bold Exclamation Points for the Sunny Garden
Absolutely tops for nonstop production of giant, 100% fully double blue blooms from early summer right into fall, Franzsiska Marie leaves other Clematis dangling on the vine when it comes to petal power and sheer abundance of flowers. Developed by master Clematarian Raymond Evison, this powerhouse of a climber blooms on both old and new wood, giving you more color than you’d imagine possible from a single plant!Even if the blooms weren’t so plentiful, you’d be wowed by their size, color, and perfection of form.
Fully double, they form a neat 4- to 6-inch rosette nearly as high as it is wide. And while most double-flowered Clematis put on a fairly limited show, Franziska Marie stages a marathon. The flowers begin with the first warm weather of summer and don’t stop until fall chills nip back the plant. The secret is that Franziska Marie? blooms on both old and new wood, so you get twice the buds of most other varieties. And every stem is lined with buds — none of this one-or-two, here-and-there nonsense.
This Clematis reaches 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, easy to grow and rady to repay a little attention the first year or two with a long, beautiful life. Locate it so that the top of the plant is in sunshine, but keep the roots evenly moist and cool by mulching it in well. Quite tolerant of excessive heat, humidity, and cold once established, it should be pampered with plenty of water and good, enriched soil when young. If you’re planting a line of this Clematis to scramble through a fence or blanket a large arbor, space the plants about 2 feet apart. Pruning Group II.
A summer garden without Allium is like a cake without frosting — where’s the sweetness and fun? This super-easy bulb is just made for dotting around the sunny annual, perennial, or shrub border, popping up on the patio, and bobbing in a sea of purple in the backyard. The flowers are perfect for cutting, but you may find them so charming in the garden that you have to grow two stands — one just for the vase, the other wherever you need bold, bright “”punctuation”\” in the garden!Purple Sensation is one of the deepest, richest violets ever grown in this family.
The 3-inch globes are packed with up to 50 starry florets, and you’ll enjoy watching them turn from little green nubs to brilliant outstretched blooms. They arise on a thick, fat 3-foot stalk, with a skirt of silvery-green leaves at the base that looks great even when the plant’s not in bloom. And if you think Daffodils are easy, wait until you grow this Allium.Purple Sensation looks terrific among billowy, airy plants such as Hardy Geraniums and Russian Sage, and feels right at home in the hot, dry soil favored by Sedum and Iceplant. It’s also fantastic among flowering annuals of all types, and it complements dwarf shrubs such as fragrant Leptodermis magnificently. In other words, you just can’t go wrong as long as you choose a hot, sunny spot with very good soil drainage. (If your soil is heavy or clay-ey, like mine here in the south, just add some humus or compost at planting time.)
Now, Purple Sensation will self-sow all over the place in your garden if you let it, so I recommend snipping the flowerheads as they fade. (If you let it sow, the new plants will have pale mauve blooms, not nearly as attractive as Purple Sensation) But that’s about it for maintenance — expect it to reappear for years to come as soon as the weather heats up in summer.Very resistant to extreme heat, cold, and drought, Purple Sens.