Picking the Clematis That's Right for You!

We offer boodles of clematis and sometimes it's challenging - even downright confusing - to try and pick the one that's perfect for you. This guide will help you narrow your options and make choosing your clematis a little easier!

There are three basic things to consider in selecting a clematis:

  1. What Color Do You Want?
  2. What is the Proper Height?
  3. How Easy is it to Grow?

Color is the easiest to consider. If you new clematis will be near a building, choose a color that will pop against that background. If it will be near other plants, you can choose colors that will either coordinate or contrast. Other than that, it's up to you - no matter what you chose, we won't send the Plant Police after you!

Height is fairly straightforward, too. Think about where you want to put your clematis. How high can you go there? Choose a clematis no more than two feet taller than the area you have to plant.
For example: You are going to grow your clematis on the side of your garage, but the trellis you are using is only six feet tall. You can grow an eight foot tall clematis here. However, If you plan to run bird netting from the top of the trellis to the eaves of the garage (which is 10 feet tall) you could grow a 12 foot tall plant.

Ease of Growth is really important, especially for beginners. Some clematis varieties are just simpler to grow than others. We've grouped our plants into Super Easy, Very Easy, Easy and Challenging (not recommended for beginners.) These groupings are partly based on our experience growing them, but also on the success - or lack of it! - that our customers have had with them. Of course, your experiences may vary from ours! Because of that, consider them recommendations, not hard and fast rules!

Super Easy and Very Easy clematis are great choices for clematis beginners, beginning gardeners or folks that have struggled with clematis in the past. Easy clematis are great for most folks, but nervous newbies might want something more foolproof. Challenging clematis (early flowered hybrids, for those of you "in the know") are not recommended for beginners. They can be more difficult to grow, especially in really cold areas and there are lots of easier choices to make.

On this web site, you'll find clematis arranged into groups that have several things in common: Pruning Group, Ease of Growth, Height and Time, Size and Shape of Bloom.