Clematis are the royalty of climbing plants. With their sumptuous flowers, long season of bloom, and attractive seedheads, they are eagerly sought by almost every gardener in the temperate world. The Plant Lover's Guide to Clematis by clematis expert Linda Beutler includes information on using the plants in the garden, designing with them, and growing and maintenance tips. A plant directory highlights 196 of the best cultivars and species.
Linda Beutler grows a great variety of plants on a simple city lot in Portland, Oregon. She serves as curator of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and was elected president of the International Clematis Society. Beutler has been an instructor of horticulture since 1996. She lectures nationally and is a garden writer for both local and national publications including Pacific Horticulture.