The big wholesaler T&L tells me they've begun shipping clematis to local nurseries for fall planting. Sally Isaiou of T&L says "We have clematis that are budded and blooming; if planted now, the vines will get a head start on those planted in spring."
True, but take that with a note of caution after the last two hard winters we've had. Such cold can kill off new plants that have had little chance to develop their root systems; if you plant perennials and vines this fall, get them off to a good start by watering well and help them weather the winter cold with a good blanket of mulch applied before freezing weather hits.
Here's a tempting list of the clematis T&L is producing this autumn:
'Arabella'- integrifolia type, smaller plant with light blue flowers.
'Piilu' - short growing plants that seem to bloom all summer (little photo above)
'The President' (below) a dependable older variety with large blue/purple
flowers - one of my favorites for its intense color. I've never had it wilt down like so many large-flowered varieties can be prone to do.
'Temptation' – red and purple flowers with a full center, low growing plant.
'Princess Diana' (below) viticella group, with pretty, rosy- pink flowers