Pruning clematis is not the difficult task some people imagine it to be.
Group 3 clematis, which flower in late summer, require regular pruning. This is because the flowers grow on the current year’s growth. If you don”t prune, you’ll end up with a tangled mess of old and new growth, with flowers appearing only on some of the plant. Pruning is carried out in late winter, just as buds are starting to emerge.
Pruning Group 3 includes the Clematis viticella hybrids and Clematis texensis, as well as the lovely variety ‘Bill MacKenzie’. Clematis that flower in spring or early summer are classified in Groups 1 and 2.
Winter-pruning clematis simply involves cutting back all stems to 30cm above ground. Growth can be quite rapid once the soil starts to warm and day temperatures rise, so keep on top of tying in new shoots.
Follow our guide to winter-pruning clematis, below.