Clematis, A climbing vine with beautiful flowers

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
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.

Perennial Full sun or filtered shade
Vine plant requires support Requires moist well drained soil
Variety of flower colors, bloom from May through first frost 5 ft to 15 feet

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The clematis flower
The Clematis vine flower.


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The clematis plant, notice the support
The Clematis vine requires support.

The clematis flower will wow your friends and family and will provide many hours of joy. Mine has just flowered and the 3 year old plant opened 7 flowers on the first day with many more ready to pop. The vine grows up to 20 feet but can be controlled.

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