When I lived in 7a, I couldn't grow Clematis to save my soul. In zone 7b, & w/sandier soil I am more lucky. My first plant by my garden gate is a profuse bloomer, one year up to 4 cycles. Always different each year. hat plant has its own personality!
I call this Ambition. This is another variety planted along a fence I share with my neighbor! She considers it a gift since the blooms all face her house! I leaned over the fence to get this bud reaching for its own place in the sun!