Clematis vines are a real jack of all trades when it comes to landscape uses. 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 moist (but not saturated) cool soil and like to have their roots shaded via a groundcover, small bushy perennial, or mulch.  The plants 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:


Vancouver Danielle Clematis

Clematis ‘Danielle’

Vancouver Danielle clematis is a cross between The President and Violet Charm. This compact variety has 6-8” wide flowers with deep purple blue petals and striking red tipped stamens.

  • Height: 6-8 ft.
  • Spacing: 2-4 ft.
  • Water: Regular
  • Bloom: Spring and Fall
  • Zones: 4

Cherokee Clematis

Clematis ‘Evipo041’

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.

  • Height: 3-5 ft.
  • Spacing: 2-3 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: May-June
  • Zones: 4-7


Pink Mink Clematis

Clematis x ‘Krakowiak’

Pink Mink is an easy to grow clematis with an abundance of two-toned pink flowers decorating its delicate green foliage from early summer until early fall. The plant will need a large trellis to accommodate its size.

  • Height: 9-10 ft.
  • Spacing:  6-6.5 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Summer-Early fall
  • Zones: 4-9


Sweet Summer Love Clematis

Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’

Sweet Summer Love is a heavy blooming Clematis, guaranteed to add a pop of color to any landscape. Hardy and disease resistant with fragrant blooms that are deep purple in the center and shift to a deep brilliant magenta at the tips, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

  • Height:  10-15 ft.
  • Spacing:  6-10 ft.
  • Water: Moderate
  • Bloom: Summer-Fall
  • Zones: 4


Originally published on June 2nd, 2017. Updated on May 30th, 2019.