Posted: 04/03/2014 at 20:08
I once went crazy planting clematis over a whole range of shrubs. A Ribes looked sensational in summer...A magical curtain of purple. However, the flowerimg currant suffered the following spring...bare patches of both leaf and flower. Now I keep clematis to supports like arches, wall wires etc. You can't have both performing to,the max.
Clematis scrambling over heathers does same thing and kills off much of the foliage of heathers. Anything among heathers needs to be erect and separate.......for me