|North of the Adirondacks
An Unusual Site Planted by a Blooming Looneytic
That survive colder winters than my wife's feet
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Soil Type - Well drained, humus rich, sandy loam
Height - Vines 5 - 20 ft.
Only a few varities of Clematis are hardy enough to survive north country winters. They require a sweeter soil than most garden flowers. Soil should be a loose,sandy loam with plenty of organic material added. If lime is necessary, mix broken concrete in the soil. These vines really need full sun but their root zones need to be kept cool and moist. The best way to provide these conditions is to plant a dense, low growing ground cover at the base of the vines.
Hybrids bloom from old or new wood depending upon type
Prune old wood types lightly
Prune new wood types harshly or to the ground
But don't be afraid to cut back any type harshly if you think they need it
One of my favorite plants
The one shown here was cut back to the ground the previous year
Wild Celmatis - also known as Virgin's Bower & Oldman's Beard