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Just received an email from Brushwood Nursery. All of their clematis are 1/3 off. I just spent hours narrowing down my choices to just 12. And I haven't even planted the 4 I received Friday. Hope this fall planting really works since I've ordered over 100 plants from Santa Rosa Gardens and Brushwood, not counting the ones I've bought locally.
Help a clematis newbie out? I have a two-story white house that is sided in Hardi. I'd really like to train a blooming vine up the south face of the house, but am having trouble deciding which to choose. Is there a clematis that you would recommend?
In a previous post, I mentioned that the first 4 I just bought are Kaen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bees Jubilee and Niobe.
The 12 I ordered last night are Rhapsody, Carnaby, Yukiokoshi, Kasugai, Triketrea, Polish Spirit, Montana Grandiflora, Gravetye Beauty, Alba Luxurians, Shirayukihime, Patricia Ann Fredwell and Montana Rubens.
Unfortunately, I don't really know how to post pictures from another site, such as Brushwood, or create links to to the plant files.
I'm going to start another post seeking advice on my plans for these clematis.
My apologies - I simply did not remember the first four clematises.
Allow a strong structure and plenty of room for montana Grandiflora. I have had it for many years and love it but it does get very big. If I allowed mine to roam free it would take up the entire 16' fence where it is and the two side sections. I love it. It provides great hiding spots for birds and terrific privacy.
No apology needed. I didn't expect you to remember or go searching for the previous post. Your Grandiflora is gorgeous, but then all of your clematis are. Actually, your entire garden is based on what I've seen in your pictures. Am I correct in understanding all of the montanas are spring bloomers with no repeats? Hope my husband doesn't begrudge covering up our new fence.
This reply is copied from another post seeking advice on where to plant my new clematis, but thought it would be ok to repeat it here since we were discussing montanas. I plan to plant the 2 montanas in front of our new 6' cedar fence (facing the front yard/street). The fence does have 3.5" gaps between the boards, so you don't feel completely confined. The Grandiflora will be on east side of the house facing north. The Rubens will be on the west side of the house, also facing north. The fence on the east side is probably at least twice as wide as the one on the west site. (The driveway with an automatic gate is on the west side.) Both areas have trees in front of them, but seem to get quite a bit of sun at different times of the day. I would prefer not to use a trellis on either of these clematis. I read somewhere about stringing a wire every so many inches to create a grid to provide a structure for vines to climb on. Since both of these clematis grow so large, I would like them to "cover" the fence, but I don't want all of the growth/flowers to go to the top. I'd rather have a living wall. Has anyone ever tried this or seen it? Any advice?