An unusual way of treating clematis is to grow it horizontally instead of vertically…but do this as gingerly as you can, for clematis seems to resent the touch of the human hand.
…the reward will be great. For one thing you will be able to gaze right down into the upturned face of the flower instead of having to crane your neck to observe the tangle of colour hanging perhaps ten or twenty feet above your head. And another thing, the clematis itself will get the benefit of shade on its roots, in this case its own shade, with its head in the sun, which is what all clematis enjoy.
May 15, 1949
I bought one White Clematis (pictured above) at Bordine’s Nursery the other day. It was beautiful and perfect. Compliments rolled from surrounding tongues as I crossed the store to pay for it while snapping these lovely shots. My plan is to allow it to climb up my lilac bush. This way I will practically have blooms all summer long, and they will look so romantic glowing in the dark at night. My own little “white garden” like Vita had at Sissinghurst Castle!
I resented having to transplant my other clematis. I know how delicate they can be, and I hope it will survive. It did not like the spot I put it last year and it was looking pathetic. I thought it might do better under the other lilac bush (I have two side by side). So, now I will have two clematis of two different colors climbing, and hopefully one day connecting; climbing through each other to make one large colorful hedge. We shall see.
Anyone have luck doing this in the past?
If you have anything to add or further advice about clematis please leave a comment. I’d love to here from you!