With their large showy flowers, clematis makes an excellent backdrop to your borders or alternatively as part of a focal point growing on an obelisk or over a seated arbour. There is a massive range of colours from white through pinks, reds, purples, blues and even yellow.
Hybrid clematis typically grow to 150-240cm (5-8 ft) and perform best if trimmed to around 60cm (2 ft) over the winter. This encourages flowers from lower down the plant rather than right at the top, typically where it droops onto next doors garden giving your neighbours all the benefits of your hard work.
They grow best in partial shade where the colours are at their most intense and in most soils. Whilst they like moist soil during the summer, they dislike the damp over winter so dig in well rotted farmyard manure and horticultural sand to improve the drainage whilst retaining moisture during the summer. When planting, plant around 15cm (6”) deeper than the level of the compost, this encourages the plant to produce more shoots at ground level to make a better plant, shade the roots with chipped bark or slate to keep the roots cool.
Clematis flower best if they are given plenty of feed, a balanced feed such as miracle-gro until mid April then boosting with weekly feeding with the high potash of tomorite to promote flowers. The more petals the variety has the more feed it needs to sustain the flowers.
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