The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Clematis

Question: This area had a late snow fall and killed 90% of my evergreen clematis, that was 2 years old and about 100 feet long, it is on a 8 foot high trellis used for privacy this was my second try with it. I have 5, five leaf Akebia that are doing good but I want an evergreen. So I found white lady banks rose and tangerine beauty crossvine. Will they do better then the clematis or is there somthing better?

Thank You

Answer: I think your evergreen clematis will resprout from the roots, even after having the tops killed back by frost. However, if you want to replace it, Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty' is native to the southern states but will grow well in the Pacific Northwest if provided with full sunshine and protected from strong winds. This plant is a vigorous grower and if the tops are killed by a hard frost, new shoots will be produced the following spring. The Lady Banks rose is about as hardy as evergreen clematis so you may or may not have better luck with it as a replacement.

Best wishes with your garden!

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