Clematis macrophylla 'Elgar' is currently out of stock - we stock a range of other climbing plants that are available.
Clematis macrophylla 'Elgar' is the variety admired by Carol Klein on Gardeners' World when filming at the 2015 RHS Malvern Show. This new, free flowering variety of Clematis will soon be a favourite in our British gardens.
With pendulous, deep pink tinged, violet double flowers (almost beetroot colour!) from late March to May, Clematis 'Elgar' is a fantastic choice for a climbing plant. The large nodding flowers provide wonderful ornamental value and this variety of Clematis will withstand cold winters and will repeat flower if lightly pruned after first flowering. Aside from this optional pruning, no further pruning is needed. Best suited to a sunny or partially shaded site in fertile, well drained soil.
This climbing clematis is supplied with a triple cane support.
AKA Clematis 'Sir Edward Elgar', Clematis 'Elgar', Early Large-Flowered Clematis
Pot grown Clematis macrophylla 'Elgar' climbers can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass around the planting hole then dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. To help your climber establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow.
Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the plant as this can cause problems. If planting against a wall or fence, provide support in the form of a trellis or mesh which the Clematis can twine around.
If you’re planting Clematis in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Climbing plants have a reputation for being high maintenance when it comes to pruning, but this is not the case! When pruned at the correct times, Clematis plants thrive. Simply lightly prune this variety of Clematis after flowering to encourage a second flush.
Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. It is a one off charge and will not increase if you add to the order.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height