I confess. I love Clematis; more than that, I am a Clematis junkie. At the present time, I believe I have forty-five different ones. I’ve also killed several more. I have small-flowered ones, large- flowered ones, climbers, and scramblers.
I grow them everywhere – on trellises, in shrubs, climbing up into trees, scrambling on the ground – wherever I can show them off. I learned this at a clematis nursery in England that I visited in 1992. They were everywhere! What an eye-opener.
I never worry about pruning about because they “talk” to me. In spring, I wait until they start to foliate and then I prune out the dead wood. I only prune really hard if the clematis is one that wants to take over. Examples of that are C.paniculata/terniflora (Autumn Clematis) that not only grows super fast but also seeds – I now regard this as invasive) and C.texensis ‘Duchess of Albany’. Her small rose-colored bells are beautiful but she’s like a shrub that just keeps spreading out her branches.
Some of them bloom in June, others in July, and others in August and September. There are some that bloom in May, C.alpina cultivars but I don’t have any of those because they need an east wall and I usually don’t walk on that side of the house until June.
Don’t you love them too?