How to Grow and Care for Beautiful Clematis

Clematis, known as the “Queen of the Vines,” is perhaps best known for its large-flowered, purple, star-shaped flowers on intricate vines. Learn how and when to plant clematis – plus tips on clematis care and advice on propagating this long-lasting perennial – that will bloom for generations!

About clematis
There are more than 300 species and hundreds of hybrids of clematis. Most clematis are woody, deciduous vines, while others are shrub or trailing plants. Some species bloom in spring; others in mid to late summer. Most clematis are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8 and are native to North America.

The flowers are spectacular, with some blooms reaching up to 10 inches in diameter! These showy flowers come in the form of saucers, bells, tubes, tulips, open bells, double and semi-double flowers. The flowers are usually cool shades of purple or pink, but they also come in a stunning range of colors including blue, white, magenta, yellow and bicolor. Additionally, many clematis varieties are fragrant. (The most strongly scented species is the delicate C. armandii.)

Clematises appreciate a trellis, post, or stationary structure for climbing; Without anything, the vine will spread, even across the ground. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies love their flowers.

Clematis, the queen of the wine world, are exotic beauties with beautiful colors and elegant foliage. With more and more varieties of these perennial bloomers hitting the market every year, it’s time to find the perfect one for your garden! Take a look at our tips and care guides below to keep your clematis happy all year round.

Sun, sun, sun! Most clematis love full sun on their flowers and foliage, so they are perfect for a spot in the garden with 6+ hours of full sun. However, there are varieties of this vine that can grow in partial or full shade, so we always recommend reading the info card that came with your plant. Clematis also need well-drained soil, so don’t plant this perennial in a spot with poor drainage or in a spot that gets wet in the fall and winter.

Although your clematis loves full sun, the roots like to stay cool! This is one of the secrets to keeping your clematis happy and healthy. How do you keep the roots cool in summer? A popular trick is to plant a low-growing perennial around the base of the plant to protect the soil from full sun. Another idea is to place large rocks around the roots that will dissipate the heat and also provide shade. We also recommend mulching the soil around the base of the clematis with hay, leaves, wood chips or bark.