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'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis x

  • Hardy Zones
    • 4 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 120 - 180 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis x
Part Sun to Sun 120 - 180


Cranberry-purple flowers. Fragrant. Vine. Long bloom time.

Fragrant Flower
Long Blooming


Plant Type: 
Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
120 - 180 Inches
Trails Up To: 
180 Inches
72 - 120 Inches
72 - 120 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Flower Shade: 
Foliage Colors: 
Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Early Summer
Bloom Time: 
Mid Summer
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Soil Fertility Requirement: 
Average Soil
Soil PH Category: 
Neutral Soil
Uses Notes: 

Landcapes.  May also be grown on a trellis in a large patio container.

Maintenance Notes: 

Prefers average, well-drained but moist soil. Keep the roots cool. May benefit from a hard pruning in late winter.  Leave at least two pairs of buds on each stem.

When the world-renown clematis breeder Szczepan Marczynski of Poland told us he had what amounts to a sweet autumn clematis with red flowers that change to purple and that blooms months earlier, we were all in. The fragrance of sweet autumn clematis is as good as any plant in existence, and the same goes this beauty. Most Clematis can be tricky to grow, with brittle stems that break if you so much as look at them, but this plant is super sturdy and grows like a dream. Anyone can be successful growing this variety. It's as close to perfection as a plant can be.

'Sweet Summer Love' gives you everything you want: the flowers, the fragrance, the ease of growth and cranberry-violet blooms that start over a month earlier than others - starting in July in the midwest and northeast, and lasting until mid-September. It will add lots of drama to gardens when trained up a trellis or other support.

The first year you plant it, it does not do much besides grow roots. The next year it takes off, however, it is much more restrained than sweet autumn clematis and does not litter the garden with unwanted seedlings. This plant has what it takes to be the best-selling clematis of all time. It won a DGA Green Thumb award for the best new plant of 2014 and we expect it to earn many more awards and accolades as people get to know it.  

'Sweet Summer Love' Clematis x USPP 24,044, Can 5,303
  • I have had this plant for 4 years now, and have not seen a bloom, nor has it branched out and become a sturdy vine. It dies back to the ground, and just when I think it's dead, it sends up one or two shoots - that's it. Each year I think this will be the year it flowers. If it doesn't at least grow into a sturdy vine this year, I will be replacing it with an old, tried and true variety. Very disappointing.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    7 min ago
  • Love my clematus and I grow PW only if I can.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Joyce Hackbart
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I would have rated this clematis the next level down, but since I only just planted it last spring I'm giving it time to live up to its expected potential. It grew very quickly; having planted a nice 20 inch or so nursery plant in my Zone 6b garden in late May 2014, by the end of July it had nearly reached the top of my arbor. However, the blooms were few and they are small, although quite pretty and a lovely color. I expect it will have a much larger mass of blooms in its second year, which is essential in my case since this arbor is located a good distance from my driveway/sidewalk and the street and I want something that will be a show stopper. Mayhap I'll put another vine on the arbor to keep it company, perhaps a different clematis or a rose. Photos can be found here:

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Cynthia Crane
    West Virginia
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Barbara Bunker
    Big Bend
    United States
    5 years ago
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