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Growing the Best Clematis Flower


Growing the Best Clematis Flower:

a clematis bush in full bloom

The above image is a well-established clematis from my sister’s yard.

I purchased the clematis in the image below last spring and planted it in my backyard. Frankly, it did not seem to thrive; so I thought it would not survive the winter. Low and behold, it shot up this spring. It only has two blooms on it this year, but I am so happy it survived.

the clematis flower I planted last year in my yard

I had two clematis when I lived in Memphis. I had planted them on both sides of a garden arbor. Within a couple of year, the clematis had grown up the sides of the arbor and almost connected on top of the arbor. They were in a very sunny location, and needless to say, it was hot. But they did very well.

I have an unsightly old tv antenna in my backyard. We have looked into having it taken down, but it would be a pretty big deal because there are several lines across my yard that would have to be dropped in order to take it down. Have you heard the old saying, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em?” Well, that applies here, because I decided to plant the clematis under the tv antenna so that it would climb the antenna. This spring, it has climbed about 5 feet and still going strong. I am expecting a much better showing next year.

Clematis come in several different varieties and many different colors. Although the most popular and readily available is the lavender/purple variety. You might also find white, pink, red and yellow. You can see from my images the difference in colors.

The spot that I chose for my clematis should be ideal. They like cool shade at their roots and warm sun on their foliage. As my clematis grows upward on the antenna, the foliage will get sunnier and sunnier. As far as soil requirements, clematis like a moist, well-drained soil. You may need to add lime occasionally to keep the acidic level down. A nice layer of mulch at their roots will keep them happy. Just be sure not to apply the mulch on the plant.

Clematis climbing the small rods of the antenna:

my clematis flower vining up a tv antenna

The natural climbing affect of the clematis does best with a small element to climb up. That is why mine should do exceptionally well since my antenna has small metal rods crisscrossing up the antenna. The “climbing” is achieved by small leaf stems that wrap. These leaf stems are not very long, so something with a small diameter is ideal. If you have a larger diameter trellis, you may have to provide twine or something similar for the climbing.


Pruning your clematis can be somewhat of a challenge. Different cultivars require different techniques. And it can be hard to remember or decide which to do. One easy technique is to wait until mid-spring to do the pruning when you can see which vines are thriving and which are dead. Then you can cut out the dead ones.


One of the most common problems with clematis is fungal problem called stem wilt and is characteristic when the individual stems growing out of the ground wilt and die. This usually does not kill the plant. Just cut those down. This can be avoided by planting in well-drained soil.


two purple blooms on my clematis

I look forward to next spring to see the progress my clematis has made. Growing the Best Clematis Flower is easier than you might think. If you love the flowers of spring, check out my post on Azalea Care for Beautiful Blooms. And if you are in love with perennials, you might be interested in a post from Savvy Gardening on 10 of the Longest Flowering Perennials for your Garden. Also, Tipsbulletin has a great article all about Perennial Flowers. Check it out!

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My Qualifications – I have been an avid gardener for over 40 years. In addition, I have had extensive undergraduate-level horticulture training.


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