Sweet Autumn Clematis

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Amazingly Fragrant Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine

  • Covered in Delicate, Pure White Flowers
  • Flowers from Late Summer to Fall
  • Incredible Fragrance Perfumes the Neighborhood
  • Large Scale
  • Cover Structures with a Soft, Fluffy Mound of Blooms
  • Use as Groundcover
  • Tolerates High Heat and Cold Winters
  • Very Vigorous Growth
  • Tolerates Some Shade
  • Pruning Group 3

Love fragrant plants? Start off your growing season with Lilacs or Korean Spicebush; then enjoy Roses and Lavenders.

Finish off your scented garden by growing a beautiful vine that makes your whole neighborhood smell amazing! Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) grows quickly to cover sturdy structures and delights all who come near with its marvelous fragrance

You'll swear the delicate white blooms smell like citrus fruit and spun sugar! Wrap your patio or garden gate in their effervescent, uplifting fragrance.

Starting in summer, you'll start seeing many hundreds of tiny buds develop above the dark green leaves. They'll open into petite, star-shaped flowers and continue to bloom from late summer through fall.

All season, these vigorous vines create a beautifully mounded bower of lustrous, dark green foliage. In bloom, they are liberally festooned in an enchanting display.

Even after the flower power has passed, the feathery seed heads add interest and texture. Keep them standing, unless you want to control their size and spread.

What's more...nothing could be easier to grow and maintain with simple care requirements. In fact, in some areas this vine does "too well".

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If you can safely grow this outstanding vine, you'll gain an extraordinary garden feature. Their lavish, billowing charm is unmatched, when grown in the right area.

Of course, you'll also support butterflies and pollinators with this free-flowering choice. They certainly appreciate the late season nectar...especially the Monarchs as they gear up for their long annual migration.

Sweet Autumn Clematis is an experience! Breathe deep and savor their sweet fragrance in your own yard...order now.

How to Use Sweet Autumn Clematis in the Landscape

This robust climber needs a sturdy structure. However, the leaf stalks of Sweet Autumn Clematis twine best around narrow supports; so you may need to add garden mesh first.

Install your structure first before you plant. They'll happily climb up trellises, poles, trees and garden structures like obelisks and towers.

It's easy to add height, color and a charming vertical accent with their help! There is nothing so refreshing as a glass of iced tea sitting under a vine-covered pergola or arbor.

Sweet Autumn Clematis is especially wonderful growing up and over a garden gate. Treat yourself like royalty, and capture the imagination of all who pass under their fleecy, fragrant flowers.

It's easy to start them moving horizontally, too. Let them grow through an old chain link fence to improve their looks and add green!

Gently weave the youngest growth in and out through the holes. Although you can trim them back, you might consider leaving a little of the past growth, as they'll scramble along that without any fuss or muss.

Many people swear by using this climber as a spreading groundcover. Fill a barren slope with a romantic sweep, planting every ten feet and mulching underneath.

This plant is magical on a large property, where it can self-seed. If you want to keep it in control on a smaller property, simply cut it down to the ground right after it freezes in fall.

Be sure to remove the old vine, bagged for yard waste. There are viable seeds in the cute, feathery seed heads and they will sprout in your compost pile!

#ProPlantTips for Care

This selection was called Clematis paniculata, but the botanical name has changed. The new name is Clematis terniflora and it's the same showy, scented vine you know so well.

Like all Clematis, this fragrant variety likes full sun on the foliage, and shade on their root zone. You'll be pleased to know that Sweet Autumn Clematis flowers better than most, even in part shade.

Give it loamy, somewhat moist, well-drained soil. Add a few handfuls of compost and Nature Hills Root Booster while planting Clematis.

Apply at least three inches of wood mulch around the base of your Sweet Autumn Clematis. Then, pull it away from directly touching the stems for good air circulation.

Prune this variety hard late fall to eliminate seeding, or do it in early spring before it starts to grow. They thrive and bloom on new wood, so cut these twining vines down to six inches and remove the old growth.

Keep your Clematis tidy by pruning as often as you like. You'll encourage reblooming with this easy task, as well!

Watch out for nitrogen fertilizers designed for lawns. Feed this heavy feeder a formula for flowering plants, following instructions on the label.

Mmmm.get ready for the compliments! Place your order for Sweet Autumn Clematis from Nature Hills today.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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50 - 69.99 34.99
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100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
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Sweet Autumn Clematis Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Clematis terniflora
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 -30 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 20 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn
Fragrant Yes