I.Cl.S. - Book Reviews


Book Reviews by Members of the I.Cl.S. in Clematis International 2010

  1. Clematis Cultivar Group Classification with Identifying Key and Diagrams - Wim Snoeijer
  2. A Love for Clematis by Akihito Kaneko
  3. Clematis by Kozo Sugimoto
  4. (Decorate the Garden with Climbing Plants) by Kozo Sugimoto
  5. CLEMATIS - F.M. Westphal, Hauptkatalog (main catalogue) 2008/9


Clematis Cultivar Group Classification with Identifying Key and Diagrams - Wim Snoeijer

Clematis Cultivar Group Classification with Identifying Key and Diagrams - Wim Snoeijer

Published 2009 by Wim Snoeijer (see Membership List for contact details), language English, 202 pages in full colour including 200+ illustrations, cover hard-bound, size A4, Price 110 Euros including P&P worldwide.

To order, please contact Wim Snoeijer on wimsnoeijer@zonnet.nl or see the Society website at www.clematisinternational.com.

[Editor's note: This book was published in 2009 shortly before Clematis International 2009 went to press. Consequently, as I said at the time, I confined the Book Reviews entry (see CI2009 page 169) to a brief description. I am pleased to publish a number of reviews by members, which I believe reflect the breadth of thought and debate that this book has generated. In the following reviews, for readability I have abbreviated the book title to "Clematis Cultivar Group Classification".]

In Clematis International 2010, this book was reviewed by Victoria Matthews, Deborah Hardwick, Ides Dehaene, Edith Malek, Aivars Irbe.


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A Love for Clematis by Akihito Kaneko

Published in 2009 by NHK Japan, https://www.nhk-book.co.jp, 208 pages, many photographs, language Japanese, paperback. ISBN 978-4-14-645785-0. Price 1500 Yen.

Reviewed by Fiona Woolfenden

A Love for Clematis by Akihito KanekoThis is packed with information and photographs of clematis, many of which look as if they are taken at Clematis-no-Oka, also known as the Clematis Hill White Garden, which the Society visited in 2008.

There is information about the different types of clematis with a number of pictures of specific cultivars, with English names. Most of the pictures have accurate colours but there are inevitably one or two that do not look quite correct. The garden photos really are excellent and even for the non-Japanese speaking clematis enthusiast worth buying the book for. Note: where clematis are featured in a garden or with other plants, the names are not in English.

There is a four page section where 12 species of Clematis native to Japan are described which again is interesting.

The sections titled Caring for Clematis and Freeing Clematis contain a number of diagrams on how to prune clematis - unfortunately as this is in Japanese it is difficult to work out exactly what is being explained and it looks interesting which is frustrating. However, the diagrams and pictures explaining how to train clematis around an obelisk, tree, wall as well as the more traditional canes in a pot (Andon-zukuri) are easier to understand. There is also information on layering, dividing clematis, sowing seeds etc.

A section on Roses as the "Best Partner" completes the book.


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Clematis by Kozo Sugimoto

Published in 2009 by Gakken Educational Publishers, Japan, http://hon.gakken.jp/, 192 pages, many photographs, language Japanese, A5 paperback. ISBN 978-4-05-403946-9. Price 1500 Yen.

Reviewed by Fiona Woolfenden

I would describe this book as a pocket sized reference book mainly filled with photos of Clematis cultivars and descriptions (in Japanese) with the names of the cultivars in English. Ideal for taking to the garden centre to check the flower colour, type etc before buying a plant. The clematis are mostly arranged by colour so all the purples, blues, whites, reds are grouped together which is unusual. The pictures are generally of good quality and colour.

There is a large section at the back that covers pruning and training clematis for growing in pots around short supports which is a growing technique known in Japan as Andon-zukuri. It also explains how to move a plant up from one pot size to a larger one using slightly larger supports. Suitable mixes of compost for different types of roots for different species of clematis are also covered briefly.

The book is topped and tailed by sections on growing clematis in the garden, taking cuttings, seed sowing and some pictures of clematis in the garden. It has an attractive cover covered in different clematis flowers


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by Kozo Sugimoto

(Decorate the Garden with Climbing Plants)

Published May 2008 by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan, 157 pages, many photographs, language Japanese, 23.5 cm by 18.3 cm, ISBN 978-4-14-011247-2. Price 1200 Yen.

Reviewed by Fiona Woolfenden

This book is primarily about roses, secondly about clematis and thirdly all other climbers. It should have been reviewed last year but unfortunately was missed out.

A number of cultivars of roses and clematis are featured with pictures and descriptions. The pictures are generally good with names also given in English. Planting, pruning, training and propagation information is given for both clematis and roses with information on pests and diseases.

The information on other climbers is limited.

Two things interest me about this book. Firstly it has some lovely photographs of roses and clematis, in particular in courtyards, in secluded places and on the edge of houses - which make me want to create something similar.

Secondly there are a few interesting diagrams of where climbers can be planted on the outside of the house and the surrounding area and trained up and over various supports. I do wish I could translate these pages!


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CLEMATIS - F.M. Westphal

Hauptkatalog (main catalogue) 2008/9

A4 format, language mainly German but with extensive English translation, also symbols key in six other languages, cost 10.00 Euros

Reviewed by Werner Stastny

CLEMATIS - F.M. Westphal, Hauptkatalog (main catalogue) 2008/9

This is the latest edition of Westphal's main catalogue. Manfred Westphal has produced this catalogue for many years and every new edition gets more book-like.

Manfred Westphal's aim is to give as much relevant information on the subject, Clematis. All these clematis are available on the market. This nursery supplies a large assortment of hybrids and species.

The catalogue comprises 108 pages, featuring more than 400 hybrids and species. Every hybrid or species has an excellent colour-true photo and description. The description gives the following information; flower size, flowering month, growing height, growing width, seed heads, pruning group, container culture, position, price, and more information

The photos are in different sizes. Some photos are page sized, on some pages there are three photos per page and some have six photos per page.

New in this edition are descriptions in both German and English. Inside the back cover is a translation in six more languages; Danish, Swedish, French, Italian, Russian and Polish. You just open up the flap with the translation and see all the information. It is very convenient.

The catalogue is divided into chapters, for example, early and late flowering / small and large flowered clematis, the Viticella, Diversifolia and Texensis Groups and special clematis.

There are 10 additional pages with other useful information, including position, soil conditions, planting when and how, seed heads, planting in containers, general care, pruning techniques, placing clematis, supports and pests and diseases.

Additional to this catalogue, Manfred Westphal prints, for a second year, the Mini Katalog Sortenliste, a half size catalogue with similar content but with the addition of his latest cultivars - over 500 different cultivars, 104 pages).

Westphal Clematis also works in cooperation with Mr. Barry Fretwell of Peveril Clematis Nursery and propagates Peveril Clematis cultivars under licence for the market outside the UK.

Mr Barry Fretwell has a large range of new hybrids, mainly with C. texensis as a parent. Please see my article on page 172 for further information on these lovely small flowering plants.


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