The Q&A Archives: Clematis And Dry Summers

Question: We have beautiful property in the Applegate Valley. I love it year around but three seasons out of four are the best. Summer is the worst. We are on well water and when it comes to summer we use our water very carefully. Other than household requirements our priorities are the vegetable garden and any flower gardens we may have going (or growing) and planters on the deck. So my question is... we have a beautiful area with a very old fence that I would like to grow some kind of flower or vine flower that doesn't need alot of water. It is far from water even though we can get water to it with some work. If we want to work that hard of course. I really want to know about the clematis. How hardy is it after it has been established. Sorry that I have to be so wordy!

Answer: All new plants will need to be watered regularly until they become established, but once that happens, the following are water misers:
Flowering shrubs include Escallonia, Grevillea, Echium, Acacia and Buddleia. Flowering vines include Calylophus harwegii, Convolvulus mauritanicus, Sunrose, Lady Bank's Rose and Wisteria. I'm afraid Clematis will require more frequent watering than you can provide.

Hope you find just the right plant for your fence!

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