The last Clematis to bloom in my garden is the Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis terniflora )
I love this clematis. If I did not, it would be banished from my garden. It is a thug. But so beautiful, so fragrant, and my honeybees are all over it.
When I lived in Massachusetts I planted it against the house. It climbed to the second story and found its way into my studio window and bloomed inside.
But in Georgia it is another matter. The seeds are all viable and if left to their own devices will germinate and take over the garden. In order to avoid this, it is cut to the ground immediately after the bloom. Too bad because the seedheads are spectacular, however I dare not let it go to seed. The one year it was neglected over 30 volunteer clematis had to be dug up the following spring. Of course this does not apply to gardeners in colder climates.
Strong and vigorous it can exceed 30 feet. In the above photos it has smothered a Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans).
Known alternately as Clematis paniculata then Clematis maximowicziana, it is aptly named ‘Sweet Autumn Clematis’. For me this is one of the first plants to signal the end of summer.