The Clematis flower is known to many garden enthusiasts as queen of the vines or most sophisticated of the climbers. The stunning Clematis comes in many shapes and blooms that are blue, purple, red or white and often change color. Different varieties bloom at different times, but some bloom in late fall and winter, allowing for bursts of color as the weather turns bleak. Following are tips for when to plant Clematis to ensure that it flourishes at your hand.
Clematis is a perennial vine that with well-noted versatility in both color and blossom shape. Most varieties produce single blooms ranging from one to ten inches in size. Blooms commonly change color, sometimes even in the life of each flower, especially if the plant is grown in full sun. Lighter colors best retain their hue when they have some shade. Though Clematis requires sun during the day, planting in an area with both sun and shade is ideal. If in doubt, recall the gardening axiom, “Head in the sun and feet in the shade.”
Potted Clematis can be planted at any time of the year. The ideal time for planting Clematis in the ground is in the spring or early fall. However, Clematis is a hardy vine, so it can be planted whenever the soil is most workable. If you are in a region with a mild climate, fall planting is ideal, as in the spring the clematis will grow two to three feet above ground before root activity commences. Though it will hinder blooming the first year, if planting Clematis in the fall be sure to prune in the spring, as it will aid the plant in developing its roots. If you happen to plant in the spring or summer, occasionally pinching out the growing ends can be beneficial, and especially if planting in the summer, be sure to give the Clematis ample water, however, Clematis planted at any time needs ample water to keep its roots moist and cool