Clematis is the queen of climbing plants! Old man’s beard, Traveller’s joy, Virgin’s bower are some of the common names for this popular plant. Clematis vines are so versatile – they can be grown on walls, pergolas, frames, in containers, or left to scramble through trees and shrubs.
They come in so many different shapes and colors and sometimes even evergreen foliage. What is truly great about these climbers is that they are very easy to grow if you follow few simple steps. Keep reading to discover how to successfully grow these beauties…
1. Selecting the plant
You will find dozens of different clematis varieties at the garden center. What you need to consider when choosing the perfect ones for your garden is the variety’s mature height, flower form and color. If you have space choose you can go with 10- or 20-foot clematis vine, but if your space is limited there are more compact varieties.
Also, there are varieties with large flowers but also some with smaller blossoms, double blossoms, and lovely bell-like flowers. The colors you can choose from are white, lavender, purple, wine red or even yellow.
Choose a plant that is at least 2 years old as clematis needs several years to mature ad start flowering vigorously. Make sure the plant is container-grown and is robust and healthy.