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About Thorncroft Clematis

We are a leading UK clematis specialist with over 30 years experience growing and selling high quality clematis to customers in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We are proud to have gained an excellent reputation over the years, not only for the quality of the plants we sell and the high standard of service that we give our customers, but also for the development and innovation which are at the forefront of our business.

We have been awarded Ten Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, adding to a vast array of medals and awards from other exhibitions and events including a major award in 1998 for our mail order service which we have continued to develop and improve. We hope you enjoy using our website and should you wish to give feedback please do so via our Contact Us page.

Our nursery specialises in clematis, growing the well-known cultivars, many of the new introductions from around the world, evergreen and herbaceous clematis as well as some of the less common species and we also offer several other climbers.

What began as a hobby, many years ago, has gradually grown into a business. Over those years, our passion and knowledge of clematis has also grown and with the help of my grandparents, Geoffrey and Dorothy Tolver, mum (Ruth) opened Thorncroft Clematis Nursery to the public in March, 1989.

I (Peter) am the owner/Director with a team of dedicated staff who all have specialist areas that they concentrate on, the sales team led by my wife Gilly, who manage your calls and emails, the growing team in the field and the dispatch team who pick and pack your plants.

Whilst some clematis nurseries compete to have the longest list of cultivars in their catalogue, we prefer to list only those which are in general production on our nursery, rather than all the cultivars we hold in our collection. The cultivars we have listed in our catalogue and website have been selected for their special merits - e.g. length of flowering period, colour, form and quantity of blooms, strength of growth and generally because they are 'good doers' and worthy of space in anyone's garden.

Our nursery, like plants and gardens, continues to grow and develop. This website is intended to reflect this and will also be developed and updated regularly.

We are a retail nursery only and cannot supply wholesale orders.
For VAT purposes we are registered as 'Flat Rate Farmers'.
Data is handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1984.
We do NOT pass on customer's details to other organisations.


Our clematis are grown in rigid 2, 2.5 or 3 litre pots with a three foot bamboo cane, which enables us to produce strong plants with a good root system. They are two to three years old when sold - we do not sell struck cuttings or immature plants. We believe our method of production should be maintained rather than 'cutting corners' to reduce delivery costs. Our customers so far, have agreed with our principles of selling only mature, quality plants.

We dispatch our plants year-round, subject to availability.