When planting a vining Clematis, be sure the bottom-most nodes go into the soil.
Spread the roots out as you firm up the base.
Bareroot plants establish faster because they're less likely to dehydrate.
As blooms start waning, vining varieties can be pruned down to about 6-8" from the soil.
Non-vining types can be cut off hard to the ground each spring before they commence growing.
Clematis prefer to be deep watered on a regular basis, but don't water them too frequently.
You can use a variety of supports, from the simplest wire fence to elaborate structures.
These Flowering, mostly vining plants are known for their versatility, long lifespan and vibrant, exotic-looking blooms. Depending on where they are planted, these vigorous growers can quickly climb trellises and fences or wind their way along the ground through gardens and rockeries. Gardeners who plant different varieties with varied flowering times can enjoy bright, colorful blooms throughout much of the year. While petite forms are suitable for small gardens, the vines of some varieties can grow 20 feet or longer.
Many Perennials have lifespans of only three or four years, but Clematis can live 15 years or longer. While petite forms are suitable for small gardens, the vines of some varieties can grow 20 feet or longer.