The Q&A Archives: clematis for shade

Question: Can you recommend some clematis varieties which would be best for shade? Thank you.

Answer: In my experience they all need full sun to bloom well. While they will tolerate shade, they will grow sparsely and bloom less and less. If possible, direct sun all morning is a minimum. If the spot has some direct sun or very bright dappled light all day, you could experiment and see if you are happy with the results. Sometimes just a few blooms lighting up a dark corner is a lovely effect.

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