Same plant shown on different sides of the same deck railing:
Good Old "Polish Spirit"
I have 'polish spirit' in an area of heavy afternoon sun and heat. This is the second year, and It had one flower early in the summer and that is all. It seems too much sun keeps my clematis from blooming.
Mine is in full sun. I would say mine didn't mature completely for about 4 years. Yours might be a little young.
Maybe? Mine has lots of leaves and looks healthy. I have lost 4 (H.D. Young, Abilene, Integrifolia and Rouge Cardinal ) of my clematis that were planted in hot sun, this past winter. Although I do not have the best drainage in my soil, it seems that the clematis planted in part-sun, are going strong, and the full sun, mulched plants have gone to the great beyond!
If you look at the individual cultivars in the Raymond Evison website, Abilene (which is one that I lost) states: A very free-flowering plant ideal for a "shady" position in the garden. I presume this was my downfall planting Abilene in burning sun. It bloomed like crazy the summer before it's demise. I am confused regarding their placement in the garden.
I have a Sweet Summer Love, that is now blooming wildly, and has a vanilla scent, planted in full sun, but mulched heavily. They all were mulched heavily.