Weekly Photo Challenge: ASCEND

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is ASCEND.

I planted this Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora) next to a pine tree in my previous garden in Chapel Hill. I watched it grow rapidly in just a few years until it ascended to about fifteen feet. It is gloriously striking in bloom, BUT all those lovely blossoms became airborne seeds and found their way every where. They looked like dandelion seeds in the air; that should have been a clue. I eventually had to remove it; it is simply a beautiful but super invasive pest.

Garden readers beware!

Sweet Autumn Clematis


About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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16 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: ASCEND

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  3. Cathy says:

    Beautiful. What a shame it had to go. Sounds like knotweed here. It has such lovely flowers late summer, and grows really tall, but is soooo invasive!


  4. Stephen Rees says:

    Maybe try a different variety – there are over 300 according to Google.


  5. anne leueen says:

    I have this planted against a wall in a foot wide piece of soil next to a pathway. It is intertwined with a spring clematis. so far it has not invaded and if it did invade the interlocking bricks of the pathway then good luck to it!


  6. Dangerous but magnificent! I do have a neighbor who grows this Clematis along his back fence.


  7. johnvic8 says:

    It may be that our ecosystem here in NC is conducive to the germination of the seeds. I hope that is not the case for you. It definitely is growing wild all around me.


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