clematis - Knowledgebase Question

Alexandria, KY
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Question by debbiegubse
May 21, 2007
I heard that you should plant a clematis in the sun but the roots need to be in the shade. Is this true? What do you suggest about shading the roots? Thanks

Answer from NGA
May 21, 2007
It's true; clematis roots like cool, moist soil. You can accomplish this by either planting a small shrub on the sunny side of the clematis plant, or setting a decorative rock there. You might also use an organic mulch or low growing ground cover to achieve the same effect.

Best wishes with your clematis!

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