A soft shade of lilac coats the walls of this living room, where a custom white sofa with nailhead trim leans up against. The light color palette continues with the furnishings and artwork, creating a chic, feminine space.
Some clematis flowers unfurl to reveal more than one color on each flower petal. Clair de Lune (Clematis ‘EVIrin’) opens white blooms with pale, lilac-tinted shadings along wavy petal edges. Dark purple flower anthers give each blossom a contrasting center. This pretty vine, previously known as ‘Blue Moon,’ is a gold winner of the Chelsea Flower Show in England for its striking 7-inch-wide flowers. Blooms show the best color when grown in part shade. Vines grow 8 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9.
Some clematis showcase bicolor blooms. One of the most well-known in this category is ‘Nelly Moser.’ This beauty unfurls very big, 7- to 9-inch flowers in late spring and early summer, followed by a second bloom in early fall. Each blossom displays pale lilac petals with a glowing pink bar down the center. Colors tend to fade in full sun, so give ‘Nelly Moser’ a spot with light shade. Flower centers sport shades of deep purple. For best flowering, remove top growth by one-third in early spring. Vines grow 6 to 10 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Grow beside a porch where you can enjoy the bicolor blossoms on a daily basis. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.
A designer trick for working with pastels is to limit use to just two or three colors. Lavender, lilac, baby pink, baby blue, yellow and lime green evoke an immediate sense of spring, but the combination can also read juvenile, overly sweet or feminine. If you stick with layered shades of celery green and pale pink, the overall effect is understated, fun and sophisticated.