Grow clematis vines in the garden for a beautiful climbing show.
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Many gardeners enjoy the vertical beauty of a climbing clematis vine in the garden. Clematis vines grow easily up a garden trellis to put on a brilliant show of blossoms ranging from lavender to white to pink. As long as clematis has well-draining soil and cool roots, it will climb happily up a trellis year after year.
Choose a sunny location with a trellis or fence to support the clematis. Clematis generally does best when the roots are sheltered from the sun. If possible, position the clematis near low-growing shrubbery so that the roots will be shaded.
Sprinkle 1 cup of lime on the soil in the planting location and work the lime into the soil with the garden spade. If the soil is especially heavy, add compost to make it drain more efficiently.
Dig a hole that is 2 feet deep and 2 feet wide. Remove the clematis from its temporary pot and place it in the hole so that the crown of the plant will be approximately 3 inches below soil level. Refill the hole with soil around the plant and pat it firmly.
Water the newly planted clematis well. Add approximately 3 inches of mulch around the base of the plant. Fertilize the clematis with a tomato or rose fertilizer after the plant is established and is growing well.
Prune the clematis annually. Prune summer blooming clematis in the spring to remove old growth before it blooms. Prune spring blooming clematis lightly after the plant finishes blooming to remove the old growth.