The Best Clematis Varieties
Clematis is the largest group of climbing plants grown in the UK, with varieties of all colours, sizes, habit and flowering times. In a large enough garden, there can be a clematis in flower 10 months of the year. There is a clematis for every space: scrambling into large shrubs is a classic, and some large-flowered ones will grow happily in a planter.
Delicate clematis that bloom between about October and May associate especially well with climbing roses (which start in June), but their flowers also look splendid side by side.
The beefy, vigorous Montanas quickly clothe a structure to over ten metres, perfect for wrapping a shed. Most have very delicate scent if any, but their massed floral displays in Spring are legendary.
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Clematis are in three groups for pruning:
- Group 1: After the first year's flowering only, prune to 30cm. After that, no special pruning is required, except to tidy and remove old stems that have become messy, damaged or unproductive: do this immediately after flowering. Do not hard prune if possible.
- Group 2: Trim lightly in February, removing weak stems and then the tips of the rest, down to the highest, best looking buds. After the first flush of flowers each year, cut all the stems down by about half, above a pair of buds. Otherwise, do not hard prune if possible.
- Group 3: Chop every stem down to about 60cm in February.
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