Posted: 05/06/2012 at 14:14
Oops, I've just noticed that you put the name (Will Goodwin) in the header. That is a group 2, so will produce more growth this year after the first set of flowers. You could cut it back to the lowest set of leaf axils (which haven't produced shoots which have since died) and it should put on new growth from there, but you will lose the 2nd set of this year's flowers. Alternatively, be brave and cut it back to ground level in late winter and it may produce new shoots from the roots. I have done this to re-invigorate several group 2 clematis over the years, but that works best if they were originally planted deep (mine go in at least 4 inches below original pot level.) If it fails to produce new shoots in spring, at least that is a good time to plant a replacement. Comtesse de Bouchaud is a similar pink group 2 and is a 'good doer' in my experience. Hagley Hybrid is another vigourous large pink, but is usually grown as a group 3 (late flowering) and cut back to a foot high in spring, but can be grown as a group 2.