Secrets to a Prime-Time Vine
Our expert tells you how to pick and care for popular clematis blooms.
Blooms for All SeasonsLyndy’s passion for clematis began with the desire to add more blue to her garden. Sure, hydrangeas, agapanthus, irises, and balloon flowers happily find homes within her borders, but Lyndy found herself drawn to the romantic rambler 10 years ago. Today, this Stockbridge, Georgia, gardener is a leading international authority on clematis.
“Because there are early-, mid-, and late-blooming clematis, I have something flowering almost year-round,” she says. “One of my favorites is ‘Arabella’ (pictured), which makes a wonderful ground cover.”
When looking to buy your own clemantis, shop locally first, but some varieties might be hard to find. Good mail-order sources are gardenvines.com and joycreek.com.