Name: Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’
Type of Plant: Small vine that grows well in full sun to part shade. Flowers are small, and a reddish purple in color. The buds and seed heads are quite lovely too, so this plant looks good for a long period of time.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love the fact that this clematis has so many small flowers. (I like the larger flowering varieties too, don’t get me wrong!) I also like the fact that it will mix well with climbing roses, or scramble nicely in and around a shrub that has an open habit.
A Word to the Wise: This plant can grow 10 to 15 feet tall, but you can prune it back in the early spring if needed since if flowers on new growth. Like many Clematis, I found that mine took about two or three years to really “take off.”