Secrets to a Prime-Time Vine
Our expert tells you how to pick and care for popular clematis blooms.
Clematis in Many Forms
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.