David Wilson explains how this beautiful, easy to grow flowering vine, is ideal for decorating arbors, archways, fences, trellis and scrambling through other larger growing shrubs.
Find out about its natural resistance to diseases and how this old time favourite will put on a spectactular display with its abundant bright red flowers.
- Clematis will grow best in locations that receive lots of sunlight, at minimum they should receive at least 5 hours of direct sunlight each day.
- The roots should be kept shaded, cool and moist. In many instances, this can be done using low growing plants such as annuals, groundcovers, or low shrubs.
- You can also place 2-3″ of pine bark around the base of the plant to help keep the the soil moist. If mulches are used, keep the mulch an inch or so away from the base of the plants to prevent stem diseases.
- Besides planting them in a location which provides sunlight and maintains a cool roots, Clematis requires something for them to climb on. Small, large flowered hybrids can be planted near trellises or on strings against a wall and the larger types will require a more significant support such as a wire fence, a hedge, or a small trees.