Tying in young clematis plant to a wig wam

How to train clematis

Add some height to your borders with our step-by-step advice on training clematis up a wig-wam.

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Climbing plants all use a natural growth mechanism to support their growth. Wisteria twines, vines have tendrils, while clematis twist their leaf stalks around the structures they’re growing on.

If growing clematis against a wall, then it’s likely that you’ll be supporting it using trellis. However, clematis are easy to incorporate into beds and borders by growing on a wig-wam structure, perfect for adding height and colour. Making a wig-wam couldn’t be easier, and once this is done, you’re ready to start tying in and training your clematis. New to clematis? Here are 10 beautiful cultivars to grow, then follow our advice on planting.

Find out how to train clematis on a wig-wam, in three easy steps, below.

Clematis are easy to incorporate into beds and borders by growing on a wig-wam structure.

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You Will Need

  • Clematis plant
  • Hazel poles, or other support

Step 1

Position the poles around your climber, making sure that there is plenty of room for the roots to develop.

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Step 2

Gently tease out the stems towards the support, taking care not to break them, as they can be particularly delicate.

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Step 3

Tie the shoots into the poles loosely to encourage them to climb and, if necessary, lay twigs across the poles to provide extra support.

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Experiment with climbers

As well as the many and varied types of clematis to grow up a wig-wam, you could also try other climbers. Annuals like spanish flag, black-eyed Susan or canary creeper are ideal for this, as are sweet peas

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