I've ordered 4 clematis from Brushwood. Initially I requested spring delivery, but then changed my request to late Sept because I'd read a lot of articles recommending fall planting of perennials. At the time I talked to Dan via email, and he assured me they should do fine. Now I'm nervous.
Is it ok to plant them this fall if I get it done 4-6 weeks before the average first frost? I'm in zone 7A. Or should I repot them and keep them in the house or a room off of our garage that is not usually heated unless very cold weather is predicted or we are doing something in the room.
If I do plant them now, what special things should I do rather than just put them in the ground as I have done in the past. If the consensus is that I should not plant them until spring, is there anything special I should do when I repot then?