Clematis are one of the best climbers you can grow, with hundreds of varieties to choose from. Most clematis flowers are shades of pink, purple and white, but you could also try growing yellow-flowered species like Clematis tangutica and Clematis repens. Some clematis are popular with bees and other insects, while others form fluffy seedheads, which birds like to use to line their nests.
There are three groups of clematis, which flower (and are therefore pruned) at different times of year. Most clematis fall into Group Three, and should be prune in late-winter.
All clematis thrive in fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Dig a deep planting hole and add plenty of well-rotted organic matter. After planting, cover the ground around the clematis with some stones or tiles. This can help prevent clematis wilt.
In this video guide, Monty Don demonstrates how to plant clematis, and explains the difference between the different clematis groups:
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Follow our step by step advice on planting a clematis, below.