Golden bells (4cm) proliferate on this vigorous climber from summer to autumn, they even have a soft, sweet scent. These are followed by whimsical, fluffy seed heads that remain ornamental into winter. You can grow it up a support or tree, or let it scramble along the ground. It is also less fussy about soil than most Clematis and will grow in pretty much any that is well drained.
Pruning is simple for Clematis tangutica, just cut them back to around 20cm in early spring, pruning Group 3 (flowers on new wood).
Clematis grows well where Roses grow well. They are also excellent in combination. You can use similar colours for a lovely blend or create some drama with contrasting shades. As a point in fact, Clematis intermingle well with many plants – trees and shrubs especially as they can be used for climbing in a beautiful symbiosis. They are so versatile; you can even grow them in pots.
The old adage is to plant your clematis so their 'head' is in the sun and their 'feet' are in the shade. In other words they like their root zone to be cool and protected, and the stem to grow up into a sunny position. You can protect the root zone with mulch and/or by using other plants to shield the roots from the sun.
Grow Clematis in humus rich, moist, well drained soil. They need good drainage or the roots can rot. Plant so they will receive around six hour’s sun a day and shield from the hot afternoon rays. To perform at their best they should be fertilised well. Use a Rose Fertiliser every three months or so.
Summer to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean
Unavailable in WA
Full Sun to Semi Shade