As with Cornus, the genus Clematis had quite a few votes but no one cultivar made its way to the top of the list. However, Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’ climbed high enough to shine above the others.
It was raised by Morel in France in 1885 so has been around a long time but is still a very popular clematis and planted by many people. But no matter how often you come across it, you’re always pleased to see those stunning blue flowers. It is the perfect shade of blue, one that goes well with so many other colours, and the perfect shape and size, not big and blousy or too small to notice. It looks good clambering through a neighbouring shrub or tree or on its own climbing a tripod or pergola. Every garden should have one!