Posted: 11/10/2014 at 15:12
YOu are right. There are differe pruning rules for the 3 main clematis groups but as a general rule, any that flower before the end of June get a light pruneimmediately after flowering and those which flower later get pruned hard back in Feb or March dependig on whether it still freezing.
I suggest you prune the late purple one in early spring then give it a good handful of proprietary clematis food and another mulch. This will encourage it t prune new shoots which will flower later next summer. An occasional liquid feed of tomato or rose food will hep too.
For the others, wait and see when they flower. If they flower before the end of April they are likely to be group 1s which only get pruned to keep them to size and encourage new flowers lower down. Those which flower in May and June just need a light trim to remove dead heads after flowering. Given a good feed as above they will probably produce another flush of flowers in late summer.
All clematis are hungry, thirsty plants so feed in spring with a slow release food and mulch and then oaccasionally give a liquid feed as above. This works on roses too.
Honeysuckle don't need so much food and just need pruning to keep them to size.