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Living Fences

Living Fences


Posted on Jan 8, 2014 | 1 comment

Ivy Covered Wall

Ivy covered wall courtesy of Matthew’s Island of Misfit Toys

The most enchanting structures are not made out of brick and mortar; they are made of stems and leaves.

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Tips for Growing Clematis

Tips for Growing Clematis


Posted on Apr 29, 2008 | 0 comments

Clematis Niobe
Clematis vines are, of course, some of my favorite flowering vines:

they’re very easy to care for, and they produce absolutely amazing and varied flowers.  One of the most common questions I get is from readers who are confused about when to prune their variety.  They know that pruning will help with the diminishing shows that some Clematis start to produce after a few years. However, they find conflicting information on when to prune.  This is because you need to prune your vine based on when it blooms.  The simplest way to choose when to prune is this:

  • If your Clematis blooms in the spring, then it is in Group 1.  It sets blooms on the previous year’s growth. Needs to be pruned just after it finishes blooming for the year.  These can usually be cut back very severely.
  • If your Clematis blooms in the summer or fall, then it is in Group 2.  These set blooms on new growth, and should be pruned either while dormant or just after coming out of dormancy.  These can usually be cut back pretty severely
  • If your Clematis is a repeat bloomer, then it is in Group 3.  Determine which bloom season is most important to you (either based on the needs of your garden or the performance of your plant), and prune accordingly.  Keep in mind that Group 3 Clematis vines do not recover from pruning as well, and thus shouldn’t be cut back anywhere near as drastically as those from the other groups.
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