Saturday, August 31, 2013

Southern Snow - Sweet Autumn Clematis

In this area of South Carolina we have only a few chances to see snow every couple of years, but at the beginning of fall we have sweet autumn clematis which more than makes up for not having the cold fluffy stuff.

This year I let mine run rampant in the front and back yards and have been given a glorious display of thousands of white flowers.

They look like snow cascading from the tops of all the bushes.

I wish I had blog-o-smell so you could get an idea of the heady scent from these little beauties.  The flowers are driving the bees and hummers insane.  They are buzzing about madly - darting in and out of the blooms.


Sweet autumn clematis is comfortable in both sun and shade, but does like its feet in thick leaf compost.

 It gets pruned to the ground at the beginning of February and then again in June just to trim excess.

It was one of the few plants which enjoyed all the rain we received this summer.

I found this patch high in the magnolia.

The bees especially seem to like this section.  It is partially in deep shade.  

Maybe there is some sense to staying out of the sun!

There is mixture of sweet autumn clematis, ginger lilies, and lantana in this bed next to the patio.

At night the migrating hummingbirds congregate here and have fights over the blooms.

To be so small, hummers can be vicious!

I hope you enjoyed my Southern snow!

Just think - no heavy coats, no boots and no shoveling involved.

See y'all!

On Friday nights and all weekend go to Party Junk 203!

Follow Me on Pinterest

My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaLavender Garden CottageMellywoods MansionLavender Garden Cottage


  1. Your clematis are so beautiful, Donna! I could almost smell them by your description.

  2. I have heard of clematis but not sure I have seen it growing here in Florida. I love it though and wonder if I could grow it here. I would think so since our climates are fairly similar. It is just gorgeous! It looks similar to jasmine and I love the smell of jasmine! Have a wonderful weekend...:)

    Blessings, Vicky

  3. Now that's my kind of snow Donna! I would trade in the real stuff for your clematis any day.

  4. Hi Donna, I've never seen that type of clematis before, I love it. Either you have a magnificent green thumb or that plants is a strong and hardy grower. Just beautiful :) I wonder if it would live through our cold winters.

  5. Oh I love that stuff and I do wish you had blog-o-smell!!! LMBO!! I still have the seeds you sent me but since we are moving, I didn't plant them here. I'll plant them in my new house and hope they look as gorgeous as yours!

  6. Mine is spectacular this year as well. I just love the plant so much. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Showoff!
    I'd take that snow over our snow any day lol
    They're just gorgeous Donna :)

  8. oh my ... just beautiful ... love it. Mine does not bloom.
    Thanks for sharing yours.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. I have had this clematis before at my childhood home. It is a gorgeous fall bloomer.

  10. I think I need some of that. My lone clematis is dark purple. I see your ginger lilies too. I am delighted that I am now getting more blooms.

  11. Hey Donna; How I wish that I could get a cutting of that from you!!! It looks absolutely Beautiful!!! :-)

  12. How beautiful the clematis is! I love the look of your blog and looking forward to some rusty thing! Found you at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday and following via Bloglovin!

  13. Your clematis is stunning! You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on over and grab a feature button for your blog! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. I love it. I had similar ( as in tons and tons of it ) for a few years, climbing up my porch and then it died off and I had tried to get one started last year. Nothing doing well yet so I am enjoying yours immensely :)

  15. How pretty way better than the cold stuff, we don't get snow at all but apart fom those pretty Christmas pictures, I'm not too fussed!


I enjoy reading all of your comments and will always answer with email. I will try to track you down if you show up as a "no reply" commenter to let you know. Friends are like that!