The Queen of clinging vines…
Is anyone else crazy for Clematis? Clematis are not as hard to grow as you may think and Fall can be a good time to shop for and plant them. Clematis is one of our favorite flowers!
I have this beauty on my patio, waiting to be planted. Clematis ‘Niobe.’ I have a nice iron ‘tuteur’ for it, but now that I see how dramatic and luscious the blooms are, I’d love to find a place for it where I’ll be able to see it from indoors.
All Time Favorites!
Clematis terniflora blooms well even in shade, producing masses of starry white flowers with a strong fragrance in late summer and autumn. It climbs to 20 feet. Zones 4-9
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ has creamy-pink flowers with a bright pink stripe down each petal. It blooms in early summer and again in late summer. It climbs to 10 feet. Zones 4-9
More Tried and True Favorites
Robin Ball says, “ In Oregon I had so many! Moonlight was my favorite in my moon garden. Here in Montana, I am hoping my Jackmanii will take off.”
Suzanne Dunavent I started off with a Niobe and added five more varieties just this year. Can’t wait to see them mature.
Kathie Schram Love the color! I have a Sweet Autumn that I dearly love as well as a pink one at the end of my back deck! Beautiful flowers!
Deborah Hoots We have a very old ‘Sweet Autumn’ that is breath taking in the fall….between it and my morning glories, my gazebo is beautifully hidden all summer and fall
Where to grow Clematis
- Cover a trellis
- Grow up the mailbox
- along a fence
- Cover up a bare wall
- Plant under a rose… Cindy Barris-Speke They are good companions for roses!
Gretchen Lamb When I lived in Washington I had ” Duchess of Edinburgh ” and ‘Nelly Moser’…beautiful. Now, I’m struggling here in Nevada with Nelly Moser but Jackmanii is doing quite well.
Zee Mink-fuller I have much love for all Clematis. I’m looking for a white one to climb an old lamp post. I have blue, purple and deep red. Always a surprise of beauty.
Tommye Doherty I get to see this every time I pull in and out of my carport
Donna Ledford Here’s my favorite. The petal undersides are as pretty, aren’t they?
Q & A
What kind of fertilizer do you use on clematis?
Clematis is at its best in rich soils with good drainage. In spring, when the buds are about 2 inches long, begin feeding with a 10-10-10 fertilizer and continue every 4-6 weeks through summer.
Do I plant in sun or shade?
Clematis want their roots In the shade, that;’s why it’s often recommended that they be planted on the shady side of a rose. Just make sure there is shade on their roots when planted, then they will grow to shade themselves!
What is Sweet Autumn Clematis?
One of the easiest! A lovely sight when covered in pure white, lightly fragrant flowers in late summer, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Clematis paniculata, becomes a silvery cloud of fluffy seed heads in the fall. We love the dainty blooms of this clematis, so welcome in late Summer and Fall. Zones 5-11
Clematis grows wildly right? Like all over the place in your garden? Can they be controlled at all?
We prune clematis lightly as we like and forget about the complicated rules for pruning it.
We like it wild!
Please add your tips and favorites in the comments…