• Katy Gardener

CLEMATIS - The climbing Queen

Updated: Jul 27

This post covers the basics of growing clematis plants in your garden.


In the video I discuss why we have chosen to plant a variety of clematis in our garden, plus I have a fun DIY floral project you could try using clematis. Watch to see...


Beneath the video, I recap the main points, give some simple tips on pruning and crucially pick out my favourite clematis plants to cover all the seasons. Scroll to the bottom to see!


Why choose Clematis plants:

  • This incredibly varied group of plants is consistently quick and easy to grow at home.

  • Clematis are fantastic climbers so they are a perfect plant to grow up a wall, along a fence or over an arbour. They need minimal training to grow in the right direction.

  • You can find a clematis to flower in every season, giving you heartening blooms in even the darkest months

  • Clematis work nicely as standalone plants, but look spectacular when grown amongst a more varied plant scheme. One of my favourite combinations is to mix clematis with roses.

  • Even though they are so incredibly varied in terms of size, colour and fragrance, one thing is consistent: clematis plants are always elegant and real crowd pleasers.

3 Simple tips for planting clematis plants

  1. Plant in a sunny position, in well drained soil and always WATER well after planting.

  2. Protect the roots of your clematis plant with additional planting so that there is ample shade for the roots.

  3. If you intend to grow your clematis up a wall or fence, plant it at least two feet away from the base and use a cane or trellis to train it up.

2 tips on Pruning

  1. If your clematis flowers BEFORE June, give it a LIGHT prune once the flowering period has finished.

  2. If your clematis flowers AFTER June, leave it alone after the flowering period and then give it a HARD prune in FEBRUARY before the new season of growth begins.


MY PICK OF THE BEST CLEMATIS FOR YEAR ROUND DELIGHT!


MARCH

CLEMATIS ARMANDII

Armandii is a beautiful fragrant clematis flowering in March and April, sometimes you can be lucky enough to have a second flowering in August.


Long dark-green leaves droop to create an architectural statement and the clusters white flowers fill the air with the first smells of spring Jasmine.





APRIL/MAY

CLEMATIS MONTANA WILSONII

This Montana clematis has glossy white, star shaped blooms with a banging scent.


Quick growing and vigorous, Montana clematis are always a good option for late Spring.



JUNE - AUGUST

CLEMATIS PRINCE CHARLES

Clematis 'Prince Charles' is trustworthy and free flowering. Each summer it treats you to a bounty of semi nodding, pale purple flowers with a lovely glossy sheen.


This viticella Clematis holds an RHS AGM for its exceptional garden performance!





Image credit: Sarah Raven

JULY - SEPTEMBER

CLEMATIS VITICELLA: ROYAL VELOURS

'Royal Velours' has flowers in dazzling shades of crimson and purple with a lush velvet texture. The contrast of the petals against the lush green foliage is stunning.


Despite its delicate looks this clematis is tough and reliable with bountiful flowers.



LATE SUMMER

BILL MACKENZIE

With its yellow nodding flowers followed by wispy seed heads this clematis looks good almost all year round.


It thrives on a north wall and it is the ideal plant to train along a fence as it will drape elegantly for longer than almost any other plant I can think of.





WINTER: WISLEY CREAM

This clematis starts to bloom in December and can continue flowering until March or April.


With its nodding, bell-shaped flowers the Wisley Cream is a heartening sight at a miserable time of the year.




Hopefully this post covers the basics about growing clematis, but I've listed some expert posts if you are really interested in finding out more.


RHS: Guide to pruning clematis

Sarah Raven: Clematis for every month of the year


HAPPY PLANTING!

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