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Clematis Care and Growing Tips:
Learn from Clematis Expert, Deborah Hardwick
Deborah has spent more than 20 years studying, collecting, growing and hybridizing Clematis, a plant affectionately known as "queen of the vines." A renowned expert, her Hardwick Hall garden in central Ohio includes thousands of varieties.
Spring Hill partnered with Deborah to create our extraordinary, new line of Ready-to-Grow Clematis. These vining plants are known for their versatility, long lifespan and vibrant, exotic-looking blooms. Clematis plants can live 15 years or longer and produce blooms in many shapes, colors and sizes—some as large as 10 inches across.
Deborah's vision for bringing Clematis to your garden springs from her high standards. She requires plants that are colorful, durable, hardy, easy to establish, strong stemmed and heat tolerant.
Deborah Debunks A Few Clematis Myths
To wet your Clematis appetite, here's a little taste of Deborah's lecture on the
"Myths and Truths About Clematis."
Deborah about Clematis
in these videos
Deborah Hardwick Lecture Series
Deborah's past lecture topics include:
- Myths and Truths about Clematis
- The Beautifully Diverse Genus
- The Virtuous Viorna: An In-Depth Look at Native American Clematis
- The Best Clematis for your Garden.
Previous engagements include: Ontario Rock Garden and Hardy Plant Society, Royal Botanical Gardens (Toronto), Hamilton Botanical Gardens, Toronto Gardens, Indianapolis Art Museum, International Clematis Conference (Orleans, France)
Deborah's Top 5 Tips and Tricks
When planting a vining Clematis, be sure the bottom-most nodes go into the soil. Spread the roots out as you firm up the base.
Bareroot plants establish faster because they're less likely to dehydrate.
As blooms start waning, vining varieties can be pruned down to about 6-8" from the soil. Non-vining types can be cut off hard to the ground each spring before they commence growing.
Clematis prefer to be deep watered on a regular basis, but don't water them too frequently.
You can use a variety of supports, from the simplest wire fence to elaborate structures.