The Diva vines of the garden. Is it the Clematis vine?

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  1. Pacnorwest

    Pacnorwest Young Pine

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    A friend and I were talking about vines in the garden and the clematis vine came up. How it’s pronounced …. either Cla-maa-tis or Cla-meh-tus. Either way it doesn’t matter as long as you came out of the garden center with the one you like. Route or root, potato, potahto , tomato, tomahto.

    I call the clematis the mailbox plant, because that’s where everybody puts it. It’s on a structure that’s already made and of course the mail box can always use a little Gus-seein-up.

    The clematis is in the old wood , new wood conundrum . To deal with trimming 3 different groups were devised , Group 1, Group 2, or Group 3. I created Group 4 and that is just do nothing. No trimming just wait and see, when in doubt which group your clematis falls in don’t prune. Most of the time if you prune a clematis when you’re not supposed to then you won’t have flowers that year. But … you get over the fact that trimming caused the loss of that whole season of flowering. It is a lesson learned when pruning clematis.

    Often those clematis groups 1-3 try to simplify the pruning and it often makes it more confusing. I just trim some of the dead vines out to 4’ every once in awhile when they get to tangled and call it a day.

    Even pruning my hydrangeas. I prune in spring and prune off the dead top portions of a stem after seeing the swollen buds below. A sure fired way to never loose a bloom.

    Clematis are socializers they like to be in the spotlight but they are a bit fragile. The top growth likes to hang out with other plants while the roots are loners hiding in a cool spot mulched from the summer heat. Feet in the shade and the head in the sun is the old adage for clematis. Clematis roots are so fleshy, weird and sensitive. If you can keep the roots happy then that’s the secret to success. I admit I have a few huge clematis monsters that need pruning. I’ll wait to see when bloom time comes to thin a few out.
    Below a few pics of different ways to use clematis vines in the garden. Clematis are a little bit of a diva but a plant well worth planting.

    Everyone …PLZ… feel free to add your favorite vines or clematis pics here.

    Clematis rambling over a camilla shrub.
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    Clematis growing up climbing rose.
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    Another clematis growing up a rambling rose
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    Clematis growing up holly tree

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    Ground cover IMG_7526.jpeg IMG_7525.jpeg

    Clematis flowering same time as wisteria IMG_2388.jpeg

    Clematis early spring bloom on arbor, IMG_5868.jpeg
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Gorgeous! I love Clematis, and had the most beautiful pair at the old house. I just haven't had luck here with them. Maybe this year I'll try again :)
     
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    Pacnorwest Young Pine

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    It’s always worth a try to give these little beauties a spot in your beautiful garden.
     
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    Clay_22 In Flower

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    I tried bare root clematis from box store with no success. Not sure if the failure was me or where I purchased.
     
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    Pacnorwest Young Pine

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    Don’t give up yet…. maybe try a potted clematis from a nursery next time. Some of the newer types are way too picky. I generally stay with the older tried and true Divas.
     
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