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Question from a smith

In forum: Allotments

clematis montana has been neglected and is now a tangled mess of woody stems, some curling along the floor. Should I trim it back to the ground after flowering this year?

  • Posted: Thu. 26th May 2016 09:28

Re: Please help...

Message from Carol

In forum: General

I'd avoid bamboo because I have seen how some varieties can spread. The clump formers won't necessarily help you in a long thin plot, either. Easy to care for and fast-growing are usually exclusive terms - if it grows fast it will want some maintenance! Some things can be encouraged to cling just to a few wires held in place with pins. I'd be inclined to go for something like Jasminum nudiflorum which is evergereen and has yellow flowers in winter, and mix it up with some climbers like Clematis montana (read around and see if you can find a less vigorous cultivar). I have a clump of Miscanthus zebrinus which is in the kind of conditions you describe and after 3 years has made a good solid clump of robust upright stems with flashes of yellow - it's there most of the year, too. The other thing you could do is widen the path, put down some membrane and gravel and then put pots of interesting things along the fence which you can change about in the year if you feel like it.

  • Posted: Thu. 8th August 2013 10:51

Re: Clematis won't stop climbing

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Clematis montana 'Mayleen'

clematis montana is one of the 3 big clematis and since it is a spring bloomer, it should be pruned in spring, you can do it next year, so just resign yourself to its rambling this year. It needs ample space, you can cut it down to 6-8 ft after it finishes blooming, but it is rambunctious, so place it someplace where it can drape, maybe near a tree.

  • Posted: Thu. 18th July 2013 22:55

Re: help any ideas for a problem area

Message from Mike (Michael) Thurlow

In forum: New to gardening

This is a common problem when trying to garden under trees.In nature anything with a hard, glossy leaf would survive. Common ivy planting is always the first consideration if it is allowed to run and only mowed around the edges to contain it. It provides habitat for all sorts of wildlife. Another option is pachysandra terminalis low growing and dense.If you have the height aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel), mahonias, sarcoccoca (Christmas box) and holly are all options worth considering. Camellias and rhododendrons may be OK if your soil is on acidic, low pH below 6.5 down to 5.0. How about rambling roses allowed to run all over the ground, clematis montana or clematis armandii (which is evergreen)

  • Posted: Thu. 6th June 2013 23:01

Re: Clematis Pruning

Message from Angie Robertson

In forum: New to gardening

I think what you have is Clematis montana, which variety you'd have to investigate. These are in pruning group 1. They should be pruned/tidied up immediately after flowering as they flower on old wood (growth created this year). Tough as old boots!!

  • Posted: Mon. 3rd June 2013 19:43

Re: climbing plants for south/west walls

Message from catherine quinney

In forum: Garden design

You don't say where you are, so I'll suggest something that will survive the coldest of UK locations. You could try a clematis, e.g. a clematis Montana for May flowering paired with a second, summer flowering variety, or a honeysuckle, e.g. Graham Thomas which has a wonderful scent. These are deciduous, for something evergreen try the honeysuckle Lonicera henryii. If you're in the warm south ( not central Scotland like us), you could go for the scented and evergreen Clematis armandii

  • Posted: Sun. 13th January 2013 19:56

Clamatis Montana

Comment from William Stewart

In forum: Clematis montana var. rubens 'Broughton Star'

I have recently moved house and there is a very well established clematis Montana, it has flowered, but we are not sure as to whether we can cut this back or not at this time of year..can anyone help pleas.

  • Posted: Sat. 13th October 2012 13:37

Re: Hide a Rainwater butt

Message from Liz Macaulay

In forum: General

Most varieties of Clematis Armandii are evergreen and have lovely large scented flowers early in the year, also cirrosa. Clematis cirrosa are smaller flowered but very hardy and easier to grow, and although Clematis Montanas are not truly evergreen they are very fast growing and bees etc. love the flowers. Honeysuckle Henryi is supposed to be evergreen but I haven't tried it. You could also consider Ivies, there are many beautiful variegated forms, and one of my waterbutts is hidden most of the time by a large fern which has seeded itself at the base.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st April 2012 11:10


Question from martin long

In forum: Clematis 'Giant Star'

Ref my recently purchased Clematis montana 'Giant Star' how much pruning is required and when to prune.

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 07:17

Re: Re: Pruning clematis montana

Message from Donald Hart

In forum: General

Hi Kathy

Many thanks for your advice. The main problem is that the fence is not really high enough to cope with their natural - not inconsiderable - growth. Hence shoots flailing around above with nothing to clasp onto. Perhaps, as you suggest, it is best to give them a fresh start by cutting right back and trying to find a little more patience than comes naturally! They are growing on a gravel bed so mulching difficult but given plenty of food and water.
Thanks again.

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd May 2011 22:29

Re: Pruning clematis montana

Message from Kathy C

In forum: General

Hi, Donald,
Sounds as if your C. montanas have been doing what they are expected to do - cover a space quickly and densely. Typically, there isn't much pruning involved in early spring until the plants get quite overgrown, too dense, and/or straggly. At that point, they can be thinned but, in many cases (as in yours) this is a difficult task so it would be easier to renovate the plant(s). To do this, cut all stems almost to the base. Feed, mulch, and water in dry spells. Yes, you would lose flowering, but the plants should recover fairly quickly.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd May 2011 20:35

Pruning clematis montana

Question from Donald Hart

In forum: General

The alarming prospect of facing this task will fast be upon me. HELP! I know when to prune but not how. What for example do I do with all those fresh non-flowering shoots striving for heaven, way above the fence? I have three plants and it seems impossible to untangle to reach dead wood etc. Any advice warmly appreciated - I don't want to lose a year of flowering but plants need reducing.

  • Posted: Fri. 20th May 2011 21:14

Re: the president

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Clematis 'The President'

Hi, Sandra,
I would go with 'The President' if the tree is relatively small, say 2-5m tall. 'The President' will cover this size quite well. If it is larger, or very wide, consider Clematis montana or one of its cultivars. Or, for an evergreen Clematis option, try Clematis armandii .
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 18th April 2011 18:52

Re: Re: My new garden is finished!

Message from Vicki

In forum: Garden design

Thanks, Nicola! All went very smoothly - the gardener was brilliant. He followed my design perfectly and completed the whole thing in 3 days (including a lot of building work for the path, wall and step).

The only mistake I made was buying a clematis montana which I hadn't realised would take over the whole of the house - I've swopped it for a less vigorous one!

All my plants are now on my list but I'll have to re-jig my Shoot design a bit as a few plants are now in different places (and I pinched a couple of plants from the back garden to fill gaps!)

Now I'll just have to wait a year or so to see if I've chosen the best positions for all the plants. Shoot was really useful for that so I'm sure they'll all be fine! I don't have a clue about plant care so I'm looking forward to following the care plan for all my new babies!


  • Posted: Fri. 15th October 2010 14:26

Re: clematis multi blue

Message from Katy Elton

In forum: Clematis 'Multi Blue'

Hi Mandy,

Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ requires quite a lot of sunlight, which is why a north facing site wouldn’t be suitable for it.
There are plenty of shade loving clematis that would be more suitable – a few examples are:

Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-comtesse-de-bouchaud
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-hagley-hybrid
Clematis ‘Mrs Cholmondeley’ http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-mrs-cholmondeley
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-nelly-moser?referrer=%2Fplant%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dnelly+moser

Most clematis require a trellis or some sort of wire system, as they climb with tendrils which wrap round things, rather than suckers. However more vigorous varieties are able to scramble up fences unaided. A good shade loving, vigorous clematis is Clematis Montana, which comes in many varieties http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/search?p_q=clematis+montana.

Growing clematis through ivy again calls for choosing a vigorous variety that can hold its own in the competition for water, nutrients and space. A slower growing, more delicate variety is likely to get swamped.

Hope this helps! Let us know which one you go for.


  • Posted: Fri. 4th June 2010 14:54

Re: Large Apple Tree - making it a focus

Message from Franne

In forum: Garden design

whatever you do, don't go for a rampant climber, like clematis montana, cause it will make so much growth that the old tree might collapse under the weight. A rambling rose can be nice, especially if it flowers after the blossom of the tree has gone. If you go for clematis, go for a clematis viticella or one of the hybrids (with the last name starting with a capital and in brackets, like clematis "Nelly Moser")
Hope this helps a bit and good luck!

  • Posted: Tue. 25th May 2010 08:15

Clematis montana

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Clematis montana

Rather than remove an unwanted or dead tree from your garden, grow this clematis up it instead. Within a couple of years, the unsightly feature will be invisible and you will be rewarded from late April onwards with an extraordinary show of bloom. You will also have kept the dead tree for invertebrates, bats and woodpeckers and provided nest sites for birds like goldfinch, wren and linnet. A further bonus is that this clematis is a food plant for the swallowtail moth.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th May 2009 08:46

Climbers for pergolas

Comment from David Sewell

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Debbie,

There are lots of scented climbers including quite a few useful evergreen ones. Have a look at:
Lonicera japonica cultivars like 'Halliana'
Clematis armandii
Jasminum officinale
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Wisteria sinensis (particularly 'alba')
Lots of climbing roses
Clematis Montana
Akebia quinata (has a vanilla scent)
Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea)
Lonicera heckrottii

All best,
David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 10:38

What to plant in a full shade front garden?

Tip from paula hewitt

In forum: New member

Hi everyone i'm a newbie :)

I have a front garden which is surrounded by 7ft privit. I have one area each side of the path. One is covered with slate chippings and i need idea's on what to plant in pots in this area.

Also i have a sloping clay fully shaded area which i have tried over the years to grow plants in but to no avail. I was thinking of turning it into a rockery but have no idea where to start and what to do so any advice would be very gratefully received :)

I have a wiseria which is still very young but growing well against the side of the house, this has a clematis montana climbing through it. Both of these are fine.

As i have said i have no experience of rockery design or plants for it so really need advice. I am on a relatively tight budget so it will be a slow process.

Do you think a rockery would be the way to go?

Wow i've bombarded you with questions, sorry about that but i've been looking at the bleak front garden for 7 years and i can't stand it anymore :D

Thanks in advance

  • Posted: Sat. 7th June 2008 12:42