"Do clematis need full sun?" is one of the most common questions we hear!
Most other clematis are fine with full sun or less - down to as little as four hours of direct sun a day. Four hours, however, seems to be the Magic Number for clematis - any less than that and the plants won't bloom much, if at all.
You've got a spot with less than two hours of direct sun a day? Sorry, but clematis won't do for that spot. But WAIT! You're not out of options yet. Climbing hydrangea, hydrangea petiolaris, will bloom in near-total shade. Ours climbs a maple tree in front of our house and reaches far into the branches. Here are a few things you should know:
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