Positives for Clematis
- As climbers these plants occupy little space at ground level
- Clematis are available in a variety of colours from white, rose, purples and blue. Many varieties produce abundant flowers and some have a second flush.
- Clematis can flower from early spring through to autumn and some varieties are good from midsummer onward.
- Look for different varieties of Clematis such as alpina, macropetala, montana, chrysocoma or X jackmanii.
- Flowers can be as large as dinner plates or as dainty as small stars.
- Seed heads can also look nice.
Negatives of Growing Clematis
- They can be hard to get going and roots should be planted deep and kept moist. I place a slate over the planting site as a temporary mulch until a new plant gets going.
- Some varieties including the montanas can grow rampantly and high into the branches of trees. This can leave bare stems.
- Pruning is complicated by garden advice and it is easy to prune out the next flowering season if you get t badly wrong.