Outdoor Plants, Spring
May 16, 2023
Clematis are deciduous vines that are ideal for patios and small spaces as they provide an excellent vertical plant solution. Clematis is a well-loved garden classic that is available in various colours and has blooms that vary from tubular, star-like, flat open discs, or nodding bells.
Clematis are easy to grow and, given the proper support, will climb by twining slender stems (petioles) around trellises, walls, fences, pergolas, arbours, obelisks, or poles. They can also be trained to grow on trees, conifers, shrubs, or with climbing roses. Their flowers will attract butterflies and bees and are well loved by pollinators.
Clematis are sun-loving plants classified into three groups.
Read the plant properties and bloom times when purchasing your Clematis. If you need to know which type of existing Clematis you have in your garden, bring a flower or plant tag to your local Sheridan Nurseries Garden Centre. Our knowledgeable staff will happily advise on the variety and pruning requirements.
Clematis will perform best when planted in the spring in cool soil after the final frost, but if purchased after this timeframe, can be planted up until the first frost.
Clematis prefer their roots in the shade, and their blooms in the sun with at least 6 hours of sun per day. Planting this way will help promote an abundance of flowers. Provide shade at the roots with gravel, mulch, or plant behind a low perennial or shrub to ensure roots remain cool.
They are thirsty plants that will thrive if given plenty of water once per week instead of several short waterings. Monitor during particularly hot periods during the summer months. Pale-coloured flowers can bleach in the intense afternoon sun, so you may want to plant in partial shade.
Do you need help with your soil type? Test the pH with a soil test kit available at any Sheridan Nurseries Garden Centre.
Sheridan is proud to offer a broad selection of Clematis varieties. If you have questions about planting or caring for Clematis, please visit any of our garden centre locations to speak with one of our plant care experts.
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