Clematis Macropetala Downy clematis is a hardy, deciduous early bloomer that can flourish in Zone 4. The species will climb to 10 feet with a little support, and it has bell-shaped, purple-blue, almost columbine-like flowers about 1 to 2 inches, sometimes up to 4 inches in diameter, that mature to fluffy, pinkish seed heads. Blooms appear in spring and early summer, sometimes followed by a second flush in late summer to early autumn. Usually grown in sun but well suited to shade.

We used to have garden paths like this, but in Arizona, its almost impossible to maintain, unless youre willing to shade and water 3 times in the summer (May-Oct)…. so we ripped it out and went to native plants, which still flower all year long… our neighbors tell us we have the best front yard…. and back yard in the neighborhood…. took us years to perfect, tho!