Growing Clematis Up a Tree or Wall
A popular use of clematis is to add colour to plain structures such as walls or fences. Similar planting techniques can also be used to train clematis into trees.
Use a strong cane to lead shoots to main framework
Top of rootball at least 2.5" (5cm) below soil level
Mixture of loam, peat or peat substitute and bonemeal
Main base roots slightly loosened prior to planting
Line hole base with well-rotted garden compost or manure
Hole width 18" (45cm)
Base of plant at least 18" (45cm) from base of wall
Hole depth 18" (45cm)
Add low growing, shallow-rooted plants to shade roots
To achieve good coverage select more vigorous plants from the "Patio and Garden" section of the catalogue. Pick more vigorous cultivars that grow beyond 6' (2m) e.g. Amethyst Beauty, Reflections and Shimmer or cultivars which grow to 5.10" (1.8m) such as Ice Blue, Kingfisher and Rebecca. Taller cultivars from the Regal® (double) group are also useful (e.g. Josephine). Garland® cultivars may also be used, and flower profusely but, being of thinner foliage, may require a companion plant such as ceanothus. To cover a very large section of a wall or fence i.e. 25' (8m)+ extremely vigorous traditional varieties including early flowering montana or later flowering jackmanii can be considered. These may be grown as companions to the longer/repeat flowering forms suggested above.