clematis

Clematis perk up any area of the garden. Plant around a lamppost, along a fence, in an arbor or latticework, on brush piles and mail boxes - just about any place that needs to be beautified!

Try growing one with a shrub or small tree so that when the clematis is in bloom the tree (or shrub) appears to be blooming. With over 200 species and a variety of growth habits, Clematis make versatile additions to any garden. Most have showy flowers, large in proportion to the size of the plant, that range in nearly every color from white, cream, yellow through pink, red, rich magenta into pal blues, lilac, and dark purple.

With its versatility and wide range of colors, you are sure to find one that fits perfectly into your landscape!

Proper Pruning

Pruning Clematis can cause panic in many gardeners. Note that improper pruning will never kill a Clematis, it merely leads to delayed flowering. If never pruned at all, they will still bloom but may look a bit rangy. To become a pruning expert, check out our pruning directions on the right.

Caring for your Clematis

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Clematis armandii: Evergreen Clematis

A fast growing vine with long evergreen leaves and fragrant white flowers in spring. Grows best in full sun but is somewhat shade tolerant. Varieties include:

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Clematis armandii 'Apple Blossom'

Almond-scented whitish-pink early spring flowers, narrow green leaves emerge with a bronze-tinge. Plant next to a house entrance or well worn path, allowing plenty of space for the plant to grow.

Grows 20-25', Sun-Part Shade, Hardy Zone 7.

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Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'

Produces a profusion of sweetly scented, star-shaped pure white flowers from March to April. It is perfect for a sunny west or south-facing site, sheltered from cold winds. Glossy new leaves bronze-tinged and turn green when mature. 

Grows 25-30', Sun-Part Shade, Hardy Zone 7.

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Clematis x cartmanii 'Early Sensation'

A compact evergreen climber with parsley-green leaves and small white bowl-shaped flowers in early spring.

Grows 5-7', Sun, Hardy Zone 7.

Vines for year-round interest.

Vines have an essential role in creating the look and feel you want in your yard and often have the added benefit of easy care.