I bought a Clematis triternata rubromarginata. It was unusual and scented.
It put on some growth and I was pleased. However, new shoots always seemed to grow away and then 'fall' back. I examined the roots, [which I should have done before purchase], and found the roots circling due to being pot-bound.
After repotting into a slightly bigger pot, I got some re-growth but then the slugs and snails attacked it. I then placed a layer of sharp sand over the surface of the pot to stop this and it seemed to be effective.
I got some more regrowth, just a few inches but then the new shoot developed a dark/black patch halfway up and the shoot crumpled. Not sure if a slug would have gone up the stem to attack it rather than just eat the base of the shoot. I appreciate this Clematis has faced a few challenges since purchase but unsure if this variety is going to ever thrive and should be regarded as too difficult or; whether it is just a poor specimen of this variety.
Location - sheltered position in Northern Scotland. Sorry no picture but there is so little of it make it worthwhile.