How to give colour & structure to a wall with clematis


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Create an eye-catching feature in your garden by planting colourful clematis to climb up a wall. In this guide we explain how to fix supporting wires, then give you tips for planting your clematis.

Tools for the job:

Step 1:

Clematis love the sun and many flourish in partial shade. Depending on where you plan to position your plant, be sure you choose the correct variety.

Step 2:

To grow a clematis against a wall or fence, you will need to provide the plant with support; use trellis or wire the wall as our video demonstrates.

Step 3:

Drill holes in 30cm intervals, then use rawl plugs to screw in vine eye fixings – these hooks allow you to attach the wire.

Step 4:

Fix wire horizontally from eye to eye, making sure the wire is tight, then twist to fix it.

Step 5:

Dig a hole, just deeper than it’s original pot, to plant your clematis. If the plants roots sits lower than the surface of the soil it will encourage new root growth. 

Step 6:

Secure the clematis to the wires using soft string as this will not damage the plant.

Step 7:

Clematis love to have plenty of water so water it well as soon as you’ve planted it and carry on doing so throughout the season.

Pruning tips:

  • Unless the plant already has three or four healthy stems growing from the base, all newly planted clematis should be pruned back hard the first spring after planting. Cut back to just above a strong pair of leaf buds about 30cm (12in) above soil level. This will encourage multiple stems which can be trained to supports to give good coverage.
  • For established plants, trim overlong branches and prune back dead or winter-damaged shoots to a pair of healthy buds.

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