A Climber for All Seasons: Why You Need Clematis in Your Garden

A Climber for All Seasons: Why You Need Clematis in Your Garden

by Fraser Gillard on Apr 17, 2024
Clematis, often nicknamed "the queen of climbers," is a must-have for any British garden. These versatile flowering vines boast stunning blooms in a kaleidoscope of colours, adding vertical drama and interest to walls, fences, and trellises. But beyond their beauty, clematis offer a wealth of benefits for gardeners:
  • Long Flowering Season: Clematis come in three distinct pruning groups, each with its own flowering time. This means you can enjoy blooms from early spring all the way through to late autumn, ensuring your garden is bursting with colour for much of the year.
  • Low Maintenance: Clematis are surprisingly low-maintenance plants. Once established, they require minimal care beyond watering during dry spells and the occasional pruning (more on that later!).
  • Wide Variety: With hundreds of varieties available, there's a clematis for every taste and garden situation. Whether you crave vibrant purples and deep reds, soft pinks and whites, or even unusual bicolours, there's a clematis to match your colour scheme.
    Clematis Montana: A UK Favourite
    For gardeners seeking a fast-growing and prolific bloomer, look no further than Clematis Montana. This vigorous climber will quickly cover walls and fences with a cascade of fragrant flowers in late spring and early summer. 'Clematis Montana Rubens' offers a stunning variation with rich, ruby-red blooms.
    Pruning Clematis: A Three-Group Approach
    Clematis are divided into three pruning groups, each with specific requirements to encourage optimal flowering. Here's a quick guide:
    • Group 1 (Early Spring Flowering): Prune lightly after flowering in mid-to-late spring. Simply remove dead or diseased stems and trim back any wayward growth.
    • Group 2 (Late Spring/Early Summer Flowering): Give these a light prune after the first flush of flowers, then again in late winter or early spring.
    • Group 3 (Late Summer Flowering): These flower on new growth, so give them a hard prune in late autumn or early winter, cutting them back to around 30cm (1ft) from the ground.
    Bringing Clematis Magic to Your Garden
    With a little planning and TLC, clematis will reward you with years of stunning blooms. So why not explore our extensive range of clematis varieties at Growtanical today? We have something for every gardener, from classic favourites like Clematis Montana to exciting new introductions.
    Top Tips for Success with Clematis:
    • Plant your clematis in a sunny spot with cool roots. Companion planting with low-growing perennials around the base helps to shade the roots.
    • Provide support for your clematis to climb, such as a trellis or fence.
    • Water regularly, especially during dry spells.
    • Apply a mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
    With these tips and our wide selection of clematis, you're well on your way to adding a touch of vertical magic to your garden!

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