|Part of the
You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Updated: May 22, 2005
The clematis is a climbing vine that produces beautiful flowers from
late spring to the first frost. The vine can grow from 5 to 20 feet. Grow the
clematis in full or partial sun. The more sun the greater number of flowers.
As the vine grows it will require support. There are two kinds of clematis. The
first kind grows on old wood and blooms in July and August. The other grows on
new growth and blooms from spring to fall. For the clematis that blooms on old
wood, after it finishes blooming trim back to cause the plant to add new
growth. The other variety you should prune in early spring before it first
begins to bloom, to produce more growth and more flowers later in the season.
Plant in cool moist soil. For best results, it is best to keep the root of the
plant in shade and the flowers in full sun. Be sure and water the plant when
conditions get dry.