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Trees & Walls

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.

1. Use a strong cane to lead shoots to main framework.

2. Top of rootball at least 2.5" (5cm) below soil level.

3. Mixture of loam, peat or peat substitute and bonemeal.

4. Main base roots slightly loosened prior to planting.

5. Line hole base with well-rotted garden compost or manure.

6. Hole width 18" (45cm).

7. Base of plant at least 18" (45cm) from base of wall.

8. Hole depth 18" (45cm).

9. Add low growing, shallow-rooted plants to shade roots.