If you’ve never grown clematis (say KLEM-uh-tis), you’ll be surprised by the diversity of this plant. There are vigorous climbers and ground-hugging sprawlers. Some clematis have blooms as big as dinner plates, while others feature delicate bell-shaped flowers that look like fairy hats. Some are even evergreen, like Armand clematis (Clematis armandii) whose foliage is more significant than its flower. If grown correctly clematis add romance and color to the garden, but in our climate, they can be temperamental. Which is why we turned to clematis expert Lyndy Broder for her secrets to success with this favorite vine.
The container pictured holds ‘H. F. Young’ clematis (Group II), ‘Diamond Frost’ euphorbia, torenia, and variegated ivy.