The Top Clematises: Good Clem's for the far north

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The Top Clematises

By dave
June 6, 2015

We open the Clematises Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jun 6, 2015 9:07 AM CST
I am a zone 4 but as we know not all zone 4's are equal. I simply cannot keep a clematis growing. I have one strange looking one that seems to return but don't know the name. It isn't doing as well this summer. I will go to the clematis forum and see what to feed them and what a good soil mix is. Mine is a loamy clay mix in layers.

I just drool over all these gorgeous vines. Thanks so much for taking time to post them. Thank You!
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 6, 2015 9:40 AM CST
I am sure there will be some articles this week on what to add the soil mix and the planting depth of the crown which really help with good growth.The planting hole should be atleast 18 x 18 x18. I would fill with good quality compost and some drainage material like expanded shale.
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 6, 2015 2:29 PM CST
I am going to watch for articles that do give us more info. Including the shade loving clems.

Just looking through I think my favorite is "Venosa Violcea" but it is hard to choose.

Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 7, 2015 7:22 AM CST
VVV is blooms like crazy for me
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Jun 7, 2015 10:22 AM CST
The hardest part would be choosing. I suppose I would just take what I could get from Home Depot or Lowes. Thanks for the responses. I will look forward to more articles.
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Jun 7, 2015 10:28 AM CST
That is definitely the hardest part! I think there is some advice in Hummingbird Farms about growing in cold climates
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jun 7, 2015 11:33 AM CST
Yes. Arlene (Pirl) pointed me in that direction and I have printed some of their advice and ordered two 'easy' ones. I identified the one I have as Stolwijk Gold. Was happy about that. They are in my favorites now.
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Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Jun 9, 2015 3:11 PM CST
Oberon, I am in zone 4a. The two clematis that do best for me are Niobe and H. F. Young. They are nearly indestructible. I have tried half a dozen others that did not work well. If you like the shrub or pillar type clematis, Alan Bloom and Mrs. Robert Brydon do well here also. I have clay soil, so I dig a pretty big hole and amend with compost. Other than that, I pretty much leave them alone except to cut back according to whatever pruning type they are.
I got a friend of mine a $5.00 H.F. Young at either Lowe's or Home Depot last year and it is gigantic....he also got Rosemoor at a fancy nursery, it was highly recommended, and it croaked. You never know.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Oberon46
Jun 10, 2015 7:36 PM CST
thanks so much. That is great information. I think a lot of my failures were due to not properly preparing the soil so that is the first correction. I will look up the clems you recommended.

Regards,
Mary
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