|There are many books written in English
solely on clematis (old and new) with such publications
dating from as early as 1872 right
up to the latest full colour offerings we can find
on the bookshelves today. The older books can be just
as interesting and informative as reading the latest
publications, but for the purposes of this particular
page I will be concentrating on the most recent offerings.
Here are a few publications that came out quite
recently, one from John Howells, another from Marigold
Badcock and one from Charles Chessire.
Clematis The Montanas a book for gardeners
excellent publication from John Howells, perhaps a
bit too specialised for some gardeners as it deals
solely with the Montana group and its cultivars. A
somewhat difficult area for quite a few years, this
book tries to clarify the often very difficult task
of identifying different cultivars within this group.
The book was reviewed in the BCS Journal by Val Le
May Neville-Parry who holds a national collection of
montanas. A review is also contained within the members
section of this site.
Success with Clematis
follow up book to her first publication a few years
ago entitled 'Companions to Clematis' is perhaps designed
to be more clematis only in nature.
Perhaps on reflection it would have made sense to have
published this as a revised edition of her first book.
Aimed at the general gardener it adds another useful
addition to the ever popular gardening book scene and
a more fuller review can be found in the members section.
Clematis inspiration selection
and practical guidance
truly stunning book with many vivid and detailed photographs
that make you realise how lovely this plant can truly
be, in all its diverse forms and colours.
Worth owning for just the photography alone, the author
takes you through the many forms of clematis that can
be found in cultivation today. It contains all the
usual good advice that one would come to expect from
a publication involving the RHS. A more fuller review
can be found in the members section.