Three Polish clematis cultivars bloom at Chelsea

Clematis ‘Innocent Blush' - photo: Szczepan Marczyński

Clematis ‘Innocent Blush’ – photo: Szczepan Marczyński

UK nursery Thorncroft Clematis will show on the Chelsea Flower Show (May 20-24) among other cultivars, three clematis’ from Polish breeder Szczepan Marczyński. Clematis ‘Innocent Blush’ was already released in 2012. However it is new to the UK and exclusive to Thorncroft Clematis. Marczynski himself is talking about a clematis with double flowers on old wood, single on new shoots. “Tepals are light pink with a darker, deeper pink blush on the edges and in the central bar. Flowers are borne at the end of May till July and reappear, although less profusely, in August – September. It reaches 2m in height. It looks pretty climbing over natural supports such as deciduous or coniferous shrubs as well as over dwarf shrubs that don’t require hard pruning.”
Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ - photo: Szczepan Marczyński

Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ – photo: Szczepan Marczyński

Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ is released by Marczyński in March this year and Thorncroft Clematis will show it at Chelsea. It is named after the Polish‐born physicist and chemist, known by many as Marie Curie. A contribution from each plant of this clematis sold by Thorncroft in 2014 will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Marczyński characterizes ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ as an exceptional cultivar with double or semi-double, spherical or semi-spherical white flowers 12-15 cm across, which during cool weather gain greenish colouring, especially at the base. “Sepals are elliptic, pointed with wavy, curved edges. Golden anthers on creamy filaments brighten up the flowers which are borne abundantly from June till July covering the plant from 80 cm of its height to the top. It reaches 2 m height. Preferred sites are sunny but not overheated, wind-sheltered and well-drained. Frost hardy (zone 4-9).”
Clematis ‘Viva Polonia’ – photo: Szczepan Marczyński

Clematis ‘Viva Polonia’ – photo: Szczepan Marczyński

Clematis ‘Viva Polonia’ is also introduced by Marczyński in 2014. He does not spend many words yet to this novelty on the website of his nursery. The information which Thorncroft Clematis provided to the Chelsea Flower Show organization refers to an early farge‐flowered cultivar, growing 1.8m‐2.4m . “Flowers are a stunning red with white bars.