Clematis are incredibly versatile. They can bring colour to almost every spot in the garden, be it a huge wall, an ugly shed, a large pot, a herbaceous border or even an ancient shrub or tree that would otherwise face the chop.
There’s a huge variety to choose from, from non-climbing herbaceous clematis such as Clematis integrifolia and Clematis heracleifolia davidiana, which grow to around waist height and which are treated like any other border perennial. There are the giants like Clematis montana, which can be let loose to cover an old garden shed with rapidity, or scale the side of a house.
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