Clematis vines are a real jack of all trades when it comes to planting uses and their adaptability and beautiful flowers have made them a favorite of gardeners everywhere.  Their affinity for vining makes them a perfect choice for filling in vertical spaces on fences, porches, arbors and trellises.  Some varieties can also be trained to spread horizontally along the ground to provide cover and spread in horizontal spaces.  Shorter varieties can fill in gaps around trees and shrubs and provide bursts of beautiful color.  Many varieties can even be successfully grown in containers.

Clematis prefer a moist, cool soil and like to have their roots shaded via a groundcover or some sort of mulch.  The plant and flowers can take full sun and generally require at least 6 hours per day.  Because clematis are deep-rooted, it is important to water thoroughly and regularly.  They are a relatively easy plant to grow and will get larger and stronger each year.

Fort Collins Nursery has a great selection of clematis in stock and here are a couple of great varieties for you to check out:

Boulevard Fleuri Clematis

  • Height: 3-4 ft.
  • Width: 2-3 ft.
  • Traits: This prolific, compact climber offers large purple flowers over a long season. Ideal in containers or in a border where it can grow through a shrub.  Its deep purple color make it a must for a sunny location.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Late Spring/ Early Summer
  • Zone: 4-9

Nelly Moser Clematis

  • Height 8-10 ft.
  • Spacing: 4-6 ft.
  • Color: Produces an amazing display of flowers; pink petals with dark pink bar in center, and reddish-brown stamens. Woody vine with leathery textured, dark green foliage.
  • Bloom Time: Spring-Summer.
  • Water: Moderate.
  • Zones: 4-9

Vancouver Danielle Clematis

  • Height: 6-8 ft.
  • Traits: A cross between The President and Violet Charm. This compact variety has deep purple blue 6-8” flowers with striking red tipped stamens.
  • Water: Regular
  • Bloom: Spring and Fall
  • Zones: 4

Cherokee Clematis

  • Height: 3-5 ft.
  • Spacing: 2-3 ft.
  • Traits: Cherokee (aka ‘Ooh La La’) is a compact vine making it a good choice for containers or smaller gardens. The large single blooms are dusky pink with a darker pink bar, blooming in late spring and again in late summer.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: May-June
  • Zones: 4-7

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