Clematis, Queen of the Climbers

To hide an unsightly fence, adorn a stark chimney, or drape over a porch roof no vine beats the versatility and beauty of clematis, the queen of the climbers, and no garden should be without one. The expanse of varieties – some flowering from early spring through to the first frost, double flowers, single flowers, white, pink, lavender, striped, iridescent, old cultivars, new hybrids – offers a vast menu of choices. And forget all that hype about difficult cultivation and confusing pruning requirements. Follow a few simple guidelines and your climbing clematis will reward you with a sparkling burst in early spring, followed by a second flush in fall if you choose an early flowering variety, or a dazzling display for months if your choice is an everbloomer. Continue reading “Clematis, Queen of the Climbers”