White Clematis Growing Around A Doorway

Clematis forming a heart shape round the door of a stone terraced house

One of the things about walking close to home is you see new things – this beautiful, white clematis, for example, growing almost in a heart shape around the entrance to a stone-built terraced house. Many a wedding venue would love to have a photo op like this!

White clematis

I dashed across the street to take a closer look and was amazed by its perfection. Every bloom looked silky, uniformly open. Together they were smothering the whole plant, with only a few leaves and stick-like woody bits showing at the base.

Suddenly suspicious, I started to question whether I was (silently) going into raptures over a fake, fabric plant, hung to brighten up the doorway.

Silky white clematis flowers with yellow stamens

A close look reveals one bud lagging behind its sisters, and signs of the odd flower going past its prime, but at the time I was almost convinced it wasn’t real. Some scruple prevented me grabbing hold of a petal to check.

Spotting a family enjoying some sun across the street, I called over and made enquiries of them. They assured me it was real – they’d seen their neighbour pruning it. Mystery solved!

Clematis smothered with white flowers

We hear about people wanting roses round the door as a sign of domestic bliss, but a clematis like this makes a strong play for the same spot.

63 Replies to “White Clematis Growing Around A Doorway”

  1. I’m surprised by how much I like the white flowers against the gray stone. I wouldn’t have predicted that, but it really is stunning.

  2. What an amazing number of flowers and each looks so perfect, I’m not surprised you were wondering if it was real 🙂

    1. I couldn’t find one at the time that was any less perfect than the others and I pride myself in seeing the individual character of flowers.

  3. Goodness that is smothered with blooms, I’d have been suspicious too! They need more pots under the window though to balance it.

    1. My train of thought printed out on ticker tape would have made interesting reading. I was so excited to see it, then suddenly fearful, and in the same instant wondering why it should be that fake would mean it was not worth taking a picture, especially when the overall look was so nice.

    1. Bougainvillea always makes me feel like I’m on holiday. It always interests me how different plants compete for particular garden ‘slots’. Shrub roses, for example, have entirely different competition in your part of the world than they do here.

      1. I prefer roses to be in separate ‘rose gardens’. They are not actually gardens, but are separate spaces, sometimes surrounded by a neat boxwood hedge to obscure their lower canes. It keeps them separate from the rest of a garden that they may not be visually compatible with. They fit in nicely with my sort of gardening, but not the sort of gardens with too much lush tropical foliage.

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