The Collector's Corner
Updated August 15, 2018
The Collector's Corner is open for 2018 on Fridays and Saturdays ONLY, from 10-2, May through October. Here is the inventory of "Collector's Corner" clematis we have available. Please remember, we are not set up for mail-order, and we do not hold plants for anyone (paid for or not). Nor are Collector's Corner clematis taken to offsite plant sales. This is strictly a first come, first served sales area. The price is $40 for a well-rooted plant in a #1 pot, and it has already bloomed for us. We guarantee these plants to be true to name. Most other #1 pot clematis for sale (not in the Collector's Corner), are $20.
Collectors Corner Plant Offerings for 2018
'Barbara Houser': The lovely 'Barbara Houser' is a charming reflection of the delightful lady for whom this seedling was named. For several years in its early existence, Barbara Houser the woman was editor of the FRCC Newsletter. She was the wife of one of Brewster Rogerson's colleagues at Kansas State University, and Barbara and David Houser spoke on the phone to Brewster ever Sunday afternoon until Brewster's passing in May 2015. The plant is a Clematis koreana seedling (open pollinated) rescued by Brewster when his clematis were all still grown in containers. This plant needs good drainage, benefits from gravel mulch, and reblooms readily. We have one plant available now, and a second is a mere week or two away.
'Duchess of Waverly': As seen above, this is the cultivar originating in Milwaukie Oregon and saved from extinction by Brewster Rogerson. Although we have shared this cultivar with retail mail-order nurseries, it is not yet widely restored to the trade. One plant available.
'Fond Memories': Temporarily out of stock. Lovely, durable Clematis florida hybrid, white with a reddish/deep pink outline. Greenish tones in cool weather.
'Halina Noll': Temporarily out of stock. It was a tremendous honor for the Rogerson Clematis Collection to be able to restore this cultivar to its country of origin, Poland. Bred by Wladyslaw Noll, it is a pure white large-flowered hybrid that is garden-worthy by any definition. We have one plant available, with more to follow.
'Magda': one of the many lovely large-flowered hybrids created by Br. Stefan Franczak of Poland. Someone asked that we propagate this about three years ago, and we've not heard from her since. Hope whomever she was sees this. We have one plant available. http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3751
'Maksymillian Kolbe': Our original plants of this cultivar were part of the generous gift of Polish cultivars sent by Szczepan Marczynski in 2009. When researching this plant, it was listed as commercially extinct! Imagine our surprise! Every year since its first planting, this clematis has made a spectacular display by partnering with Viburnum plicatum forma tomentosum 'Molly Schroeder'. See them now in Bed 19. We have one plant available.
'Miranda': SOLD OUR FOR 2018
'Peveril Profusion': SOLD OUT FOR 2018
'Prins Hendrik': Although still available in Europe, this beautiful German heirloom (1908) has disappeared from the trade in the US. We are fortunate Brewster Rogerson began collecting when he did, in the 1970s-90s. Our picture shows the opening blossom looking a bit balletic. The flowers are quite large. We have 2 plants, and there are more coming on for later.
'Regina': This is another reliable large-flowered hybrid from Stefan Franczak of Poland. This plant gives two fabulous shows per growing season, covering a tutuer in spring, then wandering among the surrounding perennials in the autumn for another great performance. We have 1 plant available now.
'Sharpie': Back in stock. This clematis began as a rescued volunteer from a pot of 'Clochette Pride' (syn. 'Campanulina Plena') back when Brewster housed the collection entirely in pots. We were never able to keep more than 1-2 plants alive until finally able to plant it in the Founder's Garden, where it has become a fabulous attraction. It reblooms well. We begin the season with two plants, with more to follow as they root out. We have 3 plants available. They are in bloom.
'Skylark': Temporarily out of stock. One of four progeny kept from a batch of 36 seeds of Clematis integrifolia started by Brewster Rogerson in the 1990s. This herbaceous perennial (non-climbing) clematis has sky blue flowers with curved, flipped wing-like sepals when fully open. This FRCC introduction has become popular in Japan in the cut flower trade, much to our delight and surprise.
C. texensis: Temporarily out of stock. Although occasionally available here and there in the trade, we must charge more for this "Holy Grail" species because it can only be grown from seed, and we flower each seedling before offering it for sale so we can absolutely assure you the color of each specimen. This means each plant is at least two years old, usually more. We have one for sale: all are solidly brilliant red inside and out. There will be at least two more we will offer as they bloom. The name tags are quite specific as to color. The hummingbird is the natural pollinator of this plant. We have one plant about to bloom, and it will then be labeled as to color. Perhaps within the week?
'Tim's Passion': SOLD OUT FOR 2018. Next year this plant will be available through Brushwood Nursery, but for now, we offer it here. The blooms look like larger, more vivid versions of 'Minuet', and this is indeed a welcome addition to the Viticella Group of hybrids. Named for Tim Powell, a dear friend of that ace clematis breeder in Cornwall, Charlie Pridham. We have one plant left. http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3901
Clematis vinacea: One of the most recent species to be documented from the big study going on in the SE USA. This is a highly garden-worthy species with an interesting growth and bloom pattern: in comes up in the spring like a non-vining herbaceous perennial and flowers rather early at about 2-3' (< 1 meter) tall. After the first flush of bloom it begins clinging and reaches 5-6' (up to 2 meters) tall before flowering again. This has been bone hardy for five years in the ground in our test garden. Because hummingbirds love it, we grow it from seed on an isolated plant in out greenhouse. We have seven for sale.
Clematis versicolor: Grown from wild collected seed. Notice that C. versicolor shows a slight variation in color in the same batch of seed, some more lavender, some more pink. Collected in Humphreys County Tennessee. The thing to remember is that the outer sepal color is matte, not shiny, and smooth compared to the sharp ridges of C. viorna. Also, color is strongest where the sepals join the receptacle, softening and changing to greenish cream at the sepal points. The black spots on the leaves are necrotic tissue from sun burning the leaves after they were sprayed with insecticidal soap. We have one plant, with more to follow as they bloom.
Clematis fauriei: This handsome atragene group species is native to Japan, and was widely used by Magnus Johnson in his breeding work. Color ranges from seep violet to purple, but always with the telling gray outline on the exterior edge of the four sepals. Our plants are seed grown and have flowered, so we know they are true to type. We have two plants available, one in bloom.