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The subtitle of Raymond Evison’s latest book, “150 High-performance Plants for Patios, Decks, Balconies and Borders,” will no doubt lure those relatively uninitiated to clematis cultivation into an exciting new realm of gardening possibilities. For those of us already hopelessly obsessed with the genus, this book covers territory already trod and concepts that are certainly not new. The most enticing aspects of this book for the clematis cognoscenti are the gorgeous photographs (also by Evison) of his latest introductions, most of which are not yet widely available this side of the “big pond.”

It can be safely said that Evison’s business, The Guernsey Clematis Nursery, Ltd, based on the British island of (surprise!) Guernsey, is the world’s largest wholesale producer of clematis plants. Additionally, Evison may be the most prolific clematis breeder currently active. While the focus of Clematis for Small Spaces seems clear from the title, readers may feel, by the last page, that they have read a fairly extended and well-written nursery catalog. A great many clematis are mentioned throughout the book, mainly in reference to clematis history and parentage; but of the 150 actual rec...

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