This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This lovely clematis should be looked after by owners of cool conservatories, who, as it may happen, know not what to plant in them. There may be little excuse for the"not knowing," perhaps; but a note should certainly be made of this clematis as one of the most useful plants for the purpose. It grows fast, but is not a coarse plant; it flowers freely, but is not showy. Its flowers are smallish, at first greenish, afterwards whitish, delicious to behold en masse, pretty when examined in detail, invaluable to cut from for decorations. In the Slough nurseries there is a plant of this clematis in company with a grand Maréchal Niel rose. It must be owned that the maréchal does his duty; would that every maréchal merited similar eulogy. But really it is a question if, all things considered, the yellow rose, producing its hundreds of lovely flowers, is a really more meritorious plant than the clematis. If you ask how to grow it, soil, etc., I can only say plant it in a good border, train it under the roof, and "there you are." The fact is, it will thrive under any conditions, provided it has the shelter of glass; for it is not hardy enough for the open quarters in this climate.
I know it well in its native clime of New Zealand, and I was rather astonished to find Mr. Turner's plant equal in quality to a wild garland of it as it appears at home, although, of course, no greenhouse specimen can compare with the vast breadths of such a plant as it riots in its own woods, and laughs at calamities it knows nothing of. - Gardeners' Weekly.