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Clematis Barbara Dibley

One of the earliest flowering hybrids

A large summer flowering variety, this charming plant is a deciduous, perennial climber that has purple/red large flowers with reddish-purple stamen that contrast beautifully against the dark green pinnate leaves and bloom all through early summer and then again in early autumn. Known for its vine habit the plant grows to a height of three feet approximately.


Plant in beds and boarders and can also be grown successfully in containers.


Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, with the roots in shade. In the first year after planting prune back hard to approximately one foot above ground level leaving two or three healthy buds. On established plants prune back to approximately five feet in the winter or early spring before the plant starts to grow then again lightly just after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers.

Barbara Dibley was bred in 1940’s in the UK and Raised by Jackmans Nursery. Pruning Group 2.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Clematis, Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 160 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 180 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support. The top of the rootball needs to be 8cm below the level of the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Mulch with bark chippings or stones to keep the roots cool.

Planting site Patio container

Check store availability

2.5 litre pot £9.99 Check Stock

Typically available

From March to September