Clematis are the most popular vines with very attractive flowers. They have a reputation as challenging to grow, but as soon as you know few tricks, you will love having them in your garden!
♦ They are perennial flowering vines with flowers the size of large roses.
♦ They need support such as a trellis or archway.
♦ During the spring they do best in full sun, but do well with partial shade in summer. Keep the roots shaded by planting other plants or a small shrub around them.
♦ They prefer a fertile, well-drained and alkaline soil (pH value more than 7). If the soil is too acidic, add lime when planting.
♦ Roots should not dry out or be disturbed.
Pests: Clematis is susceptible to Clematis wilt, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, thrips, botrytis and fusarium.
Pruning – Clematis are divided into 3 prune groups
- Group A: Prune these species tidy after flowering by removing any dead or damaged stems, to keep a healthy look of the plant (this refers to early flowering species who form flowering buds on the previous year’s shoots).
- Group B: Remove any dead or damaged stems before the new growth begins, lightly in April (this refers to to the mid-season , large flowered cultivars who form flowering buds on the previous year’s shoots).
- Group C: Cut hardly in April (cut back all the previous year’s stems ) to within 30″ of soil, just before the new growth begins (this refers to late, small and large flowered cultivars who form flowering buds on the current year’s shoots).
- Clematis vines need to be supported with a trellis or archway. They can be trained to grow over rocks or to grow among shrubbery.
- They are known to attract hummingbirds!
- Planting two to three different varieties of clematis (with different colours) will provide an abundance of bloom, contributing a continuous display of colour to the garden.
Check the chart below for our varieties! Clematis chartDownload Pdf