Clematis is a versatile genus, which includes climbers for sun and shade, large gardens and small patios, open ground and pots. Most clematis need training initially but some are self-clinging. Some forms have a shrubby habit, meaning they can be grown as ground cover instead of trained as a climber.
Shade-tolerant clematis are particularly useful, as they provide colour and shelter in spots that might otherwise remain bare. Many clematis evolved growing beneath the tree canopy, and will therefore tolerate partial, dappled shade very well. Few will thrive in full, deep shade.
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