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'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis

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'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis

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The 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis represents a unique and enchanting addition to any garden with its non-vining, herbaceous form that offers a delightful departure from the more common climbing clematis varieties. This hybrid clematis captivates with its profusion of bell-shaped, blue flowers that emerge in late spring and continue to grace the garden through early to mid-summer. Unlike its climbing counterparts, this variety dies back to the ground at the end of the growing season and benefits from staking, cages, or the support of neighboring plants to maintain its upright stature.

Ideal for gardeners looking for a continuous display of blooms, the 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis is not only a rebloomer but also a magnet for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, enhancing the biodiversity of your garden. It is resilient in the face of common garden pests, showing resistance to deer and rabbits, making it a hassle-free addition to both rural and suburban settings.

Plant Attributes

The 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis is a perennial plant that boasts a tall stature, growing to a garden height of 34 to 38 inches (approximately 86 to 97 cm) and spreading out 24 to 36 inches (about 61 to 91 cm), making it a striking presence in any garden setting. Its foliage presents a lush green backdrop that beautifully contrasts the vivid blue shade of its bell-shaped flowers, creating a serene and visually appealing display. This upright plant serves well as a filler in garden designs, capable of adding depth and texture to borders, containers, and as a specimen or focal point in garden compositions.

Catering to a variety of garden needs, this Clematis thrives under full sun to partial sun exposure, requiring an average of 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and bloom production. It is categorized as easy to maintain, suitable for gardeners seeking beauty without the burdensome care. The plant's blooming period stretches from late spring through early to mid-summer, ensuring a long-lasting display of its charming blue flowers.

Landscape Use

The 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis offers versatile landscaping uses, making it an excellent choice for a variety of garden designs and purposes. Here are some of its key landscaping applications:

  • Border Planting: With its upright growth habit and attractive foliage, this Clematis is perfect for borders, where its blue bell-shaped flowers can add color and vertical interest. It's ideal for defining the edges of garden beds or walkways, creating a vibrant visual boundary.
  • Container Gardening: This plant's manageable size and striking appearance make it suitable for container gardening. It can be the centerpiece in a mixed container or stand alone in a single pot, adding elegance to patios, balconies, and terraces.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The beautiful blue flowers of the 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis are not only a delight in the garden but also make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Their unique shape and color can add a touch of sophistication to bouquets and vases.
  • Specimen or Focal Point: Due to its distinctive form and color, this Clematis works well as a specimen plant or focal point in garden designs. It can draw the eye and anchor a mixed planting, serving as a standout feature among other perennials.
  • Pollinator Gardens: The flowers attract bees and butterflies, making it a valuable addition to pollinator gardens. Planting 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis supports local wildlife and contributes to biodiversity.
  • Cottage Gardens: Its charming blooms and herbaceous nature fit perfectly into the relaxed, abundant feel of cottage gardens. It pairs well with other cottage garden favorites, creating a harmonious and colorful display.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Beyond attracting pollinators, the plant's resistance to deer and rabbits makes it a practical choice for wildlife-friendly gardens where such animals are present, ensuring the garden's beauty remains unspoiled.

By incorporating the 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis into your garden, you can achieve a variety of aesthetic and practical goals, from enhancing biodiversity to creating eye-catching displays that last from late spring through the summer months.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis involves several key steps to ensure its health, growth, and the prolific display of its stunning blue flowers. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you get the most out of this beautiful perennial:


  • Location: Choose a location that receives part sun to full sun, meaning at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. Although the plant can tolerate a range of light conditions, adequate sunlight is crucial for optimal flowering.
  • Soil: This Clematis prefers well-drained, slightly alkaline to neutral soil. If your garden soil is heavy or clay-like, amend it with compost or well-rotted manure to improve drainage and texture.
  • Planting Depth and Spacing: Plant the 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis with its root ball level with the ground surface. Space plants approximately 24 to 36 inches (61 to 91 cm) apart to allow for mature spread.
  • Root and Base Protection: The roots and base of the plant prefer to be cool and shaded. Plant low-growing plants around the base or use mulch to keep the area shaded and moist.


  • Watering: Water the plant regularly to keep the soil moist, especially during dry spells. The goal is to maintain even soil moisture, but be careful not to overwater, as Clematis does not like waterlogged conditions.
  • Mulching: Apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture, keep the roots cool, and suppress weeds.
  • Feeding: Feed your Clematis in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support its growth and flowering. Optionally, a second light feeding may be done after the first wave of blooms.
  • Pruning: The 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis dies back to the ground at the end of the growing season. In early spring, as new shoots appear, trim the plant down to 3-4 inches (about 7.5-10 cm) tall. This encourages healthy new growth and ensures the plant remains tidy and well-shaped.
  • Support: Even though it's a non-vining Clematis, 'Stand by Me' may benefit from staking or support from neighboring plants to maintain its upright growth, especially when it's heavily laden with blooms.

Pest and Disease Management:

  • Regularly inspect the plant for signs of pests or disease. Although 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis is relatively resistant to deer and rabbits, it can occasionally be affected by common garden pests like aphids or issues like clematis wilt. Promptly address any problems with appropriate organic or chemical treatments, following product directions carefully.

By following these planting and care tips, your 'Stand by Me' Bush Clematis will thrive, bringing years of beauty and enjoyment to your garden with its unique form and captivating blooms.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; keep soil moist with mulch.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: CLEM-uh-tis HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 34-38 inches (86-97 cm) and spreads 24-36 inches (61-91 cm).
  • Special features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Specimen or Focal Point, Attracts Bees and Butterflies, Resistant to Deer and Rabbits.
  • Dramatic Foliage: N/A
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Late Spring through Early to Mid-Summer
  • Flower color: Blue
  • Flower attributes: Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
  • Garden style: Cottage, Traditional, Wildlife
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a soft yet dramatic focal point in mixed borders or as an elegant standalone specimen in a container. Perfect for cottage and wildlife gardens, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. Use as a backdrop for lower-growing perennials or annuals, in mass plantings for a swath of color, or as a graceful border along pathways or fences. Its non-vining, bushy form allows it to blend seamlessly with other plants, providing support and structure.
  • Companion Plants: Complements a variety of garden plants such as Salvia, Echinacea, and other perennials that enjoy similar growing conditions.

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