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Clematis have long enjoyed popularity in gardens large enough to accommodate them- and now, with the arrival of a new generation of cultivars that excel in mixed borders, containers, and other small spaces, there is more reason than ever to grow them. As well as being modest in height, many of these new clematis are extremely floriferous and self-supporting, thus ensuring their value in a wide range of garden situations. Evison recommends the best clematis for compact spaces such as indoor and outdoor containers, mixed borders, deck gardens, hanging baskets, and balconies, and goes on to provide detailed plant descriptions organized by flowering season.
RAYMOND J. EVISON, O.B.E., has introduced more than 100 Clematis species and cultivars to gardens worldwide. He has received numerous awards, including many RHS Gold Medals and the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour (1995). He serves as a Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society, and his business, The Guernsey Clematis Nursery Ltd., is the world's leading producer of young clematis plants.
Evison selects varieties [of clematis] based on their flowering season and finds a host plant or a support that would benefit from free-flowering clematis. After ogling the color pictures of hundreds of varieties in this book, it's hard to think of one that won't. -- Adrian Higgins Washington Post 20071206 Whether you're a clematis connoisseur or a budding amateur, you'll soon share Evison's enthusiasm for these new garden classics. -- Diane Speros Flower Gardens 20080401 An easy-to-read reference that is a must for beginners to the most experienced gardeners who want to use these beauties in their gardens. -- Nancy Szerlag Detroit News 20080128 A clear and easy-to-understand review of the genus, especially useful to garden designers, landscapers and garden centre plant buyers. It is also a valuable reference work for anyone needing help to choose a clematis for a specific situation or time of year. -- John Hoyland BBC Gardens 20080201 Easy to read, full of practical advice and beautifully illustrated with 150 photographs, Raymond Evison's book clearly demonstrates his depth of knowledge and enthusiasm. I enjoyed and recommend this long-awaited book. I am sure it will appeal to everyone, from professional gardeners to keen amateurs, who admires such a sociable and worthwhile genus. -- David Jewell The Garden 20080701 A sumptuously illustrated, deeply informed book that features shorter-growing, disease-resistant and long-flowering clematises ideal for borders, patios, decks, hanging baskets and even indoor containers. -- Bill Scheick Dallas Morning News 20080808 Raymond Evison is the King of Clematis. ... Full of helpful advice and planting combinations, the book is a must for any enthusiast. Independent (London) 20080907