Evergreen clematis overhead? Yes, if ...
The vine shown here is an eight-year-old Clematis armandii with a trunk that measures 7 inches around. This single plant has spread quickly, covering a major part of the trellis in just four years.
The plant thrives on normal garden watering and a cup of evergreen plant food (5-10-10) scattered at its base in midsummer. A hard pruning following spring bloom prevents buildup of dead thatch and is the secret to keeping the vine looking good. All old, woody, or unwanted shoots on the inner vine are cut out and pulled down through the trellis (it's a full day's work).
Throughout the year, the long trailers that develop around the edges of the canopy and ones that dangle down through the bars all get clipped back. The result in a lush crop of new growth continuously covering the deck.
Flowers are allowed to linger as long as possible. As petals litter the floor, they're swept up; when all are gone, withering stem clusters that held them are picked off where they can be reached, allowed to drop naturally where they can't.
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|Date:||Apr 1, 1984|
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