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Clematis

After a quick trip to Costco, I'm now going to grow some vines. I've heard good things about clematis and decided to give them a try.

There's a very plain side of my house faces my patio that needs to be softened up a bit. It's really just a large windowless area that's all white vinyl siding and there's nothing too special going on there. But the good news is that there is a flower bed in front of it. So step one is to get some nice looking flowering vines to climb up a trellis. That will be a big improvement so hopefully I can get these vines to grow.

I don't know if this clematis is going to be like my climbing hydrangea but I'm hoping for a few flowers this year. We'll see how it goes.

10 Comments:

  1. Annie in Austin said...
    Clematis are beautiful!
    You might get lucky and see a few flowers the first year, Anthony, but my clematis experience has been something that looks like a green string in year 1, then a small plant while roots expand in year 2, then the payoff in year 3. The conventional wisdom about head in the sun, feet in shade is pretty sound advice, too.

    With your photo expanded the white clematis says, "Miss Bateman"...and it looks a lot like one of my mystery clematis... off to google it. Good Luck!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose
    Muum said...
    Have you grown clematis before? I know they are slow to establish, so it might look lousy for a few years.
    Box 1715 said...
    I love flowering vines - just wish I had more of a green thumb. Things tend to die, when I touch them, LOL. Good luck with the Clematis :) - Anna
    Anthony said...
    Annie, Muum, sounds like you both agree that clematis are slow to establish but worth the wait. Oh well, I'm guess I'll be waiting.

    Anna, my thumb is only green sometimes. I've had great luck with some plants and a terrible time with others. Keep trying until you find your plant.
    anna maria said...
    I started out with 4 clematis several years ago and ended up with just two, but they are certainly spectacular. Last year I even forgot to cut one of them back after it died down for the winter, and right now it has several huge beautiful blooms and leaves at the top of scrawny vines, with new growth just now starting to bud out midway on the vines.
    I agree that what they say about clematis liking cool feet and a warm head is true. It seems to work - enjoy them!
    anna maria said...
    My previous comment hasn't shown up yet, but anyway if you haven't seen this yet you may find it interesting. I just discovered you don't necessarily need to prune..
    Xris said...
    I never occurred to me to buy plants from Costco. Maybe they just don't have them at our Brooklyn location. Also, I don't go to Costco unless I need a gross of something!

    Clematis are quicker to bloom than climbing hydrangea.

    Note that, while the hydrangea is self-clinging, like English ivy, clematis is a twining vine. It needs thin supports for its tendrils to wrap around and pull itself up. A trellis is perfect.
    anna maria said...
    Just realized (a few days late) that I didn't give you the link!
    http://www.homeofclematis.net/index.htm
    rachelle said...
    i transplanted a clementis last year to wind up a mailbox post. and yes, my experience was the same as annie's where i had a thin green string that was very disappointing. then my husband decided it was a weed and pulled the entire plant ujp and threw it in compost. so i never got to see year 2, and year 3.
    Anthony said...
    After reading in your comments about how slow Clematis take to get established I bought a 1 gallon plant for my trellis. I'll start the bareroot somewhere else where it'll be okay if it takes a few years to grow. Thanks!

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