Growing guide

How to grow clematis

One of the most popular garden plants, clematis produce masses of flowers in a variety of shapes and colours. From vigorous to compact climbers, as well as herbaceous types for a sunny border, here’s everything you need to know to grow these plants in your garden.

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Quick facts

  • Easy to grow and many to choose from
  • With careful selection, it’s possible to have flowers throughout the year
  • Plant in spring or early- to mid-autumn
  • Cultivars available to suit any aspect
  • Prune annually according to flowering time
  • Climbing types need their roots kept cool and moist
  • Make new plants by cuttings, layering or by seed

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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