Youíve finally admitted it: you have a problem. You just canít have enough clematis. You understood you no longer had control the day you found a new variety, had no place to put her and bought her anyway. Now, she languishes in her pot, desperate to grow and climb and you have nothing to offer her.
Arbors and Pergolas
Arbors and pergolas are both garden structures tall enough to walk under; add a bench or chair and they are often used as a place to sit. The difference between them is one of scale; think of an arbor as a doorway and a pergola as a hall. Arbors are often (although not always) arched on top while pergolas are usually flat. Both provide excellent space to grow climbing plants.
In some cases, a little extra help is needed. First, a young Clematis is unable to make the jump from the ground to the first rung of this arbor without a helping hand. Imagine kittens trying to make their way up a steep set of stairs! Fortunately, this is easily overcome by adding a bit of bird setting or wire between the ground and the first horizontal rung on the structure. Second, while some arbors may have lots of small, decorative dodads for clematis to cling to, others will not. We often add bird netting or chicken wire to arbors and other structures to make sure there is plenty for clematis to grab!
For those who prefer the three-dimensional look for their beauties, or who just donít have as much space, an obelisk a great choice.
Also, despite the wishes of many of our customers, you cannot grow a clematis up each side of the obelisk! Too many lovely ladies in too small a space and everyone suffers!
Bird Netting and Wire
The beauty of bird netting is that it is nearly invisible. It does require support however: you'll need something to attach it to, and you will need to staple or otherwise fasten it every few inches to prevent it collapsing under the weight of a full-grown Clematis.
Several of our customers have planted clematis at the base of rock walls so they could climb the walls and cover the rocks. This is an excellent idea, as long as you provide something for the plants to cling to - wire is the ideal choice here, as it is less apt to wear out from rubbing on the rocks.
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