Clematis Flammula

Tips on Growing Clematis Flammula

            Gardens are meant to be lovely and scenic, with flowering plants, shrubs and climbing vines such as the clematis flammula.  Clematis can be a very hardy bloomer, adding a beautiful and vibrant splash of color that reaches up from the ground and trails fences or trellises.

            Flower gardens are an awe striking sight to see.  Every color of the rainbow and more, every shape and every size represented by green foliage boasting blooms.  The wise gardener uses his gardening space as a palate; filling every inch with interest and lovely specimens.  From dense ground cover wearing a blanket of thousands of tiny blossoms and carrying heady scents to flowering heads waving in the breeze atop single stems to mounded bushes literally enveloped with the blooms they produce; everywhere the eye can be cast, floral delights are there to greet.  Rising high above the rest in the garden are the climbing vines; growing upright from the ground and grasping the nearest support to stand gloriously over the garden.

            Clematis flammula are one variety of climbing vines that add not only their beautiful colors but also an intoxicatingly sweet scent to the garden or landscape.  Two different bloom styles are available; either large blossoms or smaller versions that have longer bloom periods.  The clematis is considered to be perhaps the most popular of all climbing vines regardless of their bloom type.  It is an easy plant to introduce into the garden, but does require a bit of care.

            When planting clematis, choose a location that will receive at least 6 hours of sun each day.  Its roots, however, must be cool for the success of the vine.  Planting bushy annuals around the root system, or adding a stony base will help to keep the roots and the soil surrounding them cool.  The plant requires a good deal of water, especially in the warmest of seasons.  When the heat becomes too great for the plant, the foliage will suffer and flowering may decrease.  Providing a support system, such as a trellis, wall or fence next to the plant will enable it to climb upon it as it grows.  If no support is readily available, the vine will begin to grow upon itself; a dense, tangled bush will be the result.

            One method of growing clematis that has a unique flair in appearance is to plant the climbing vine next to a tree.  As it grows, it will twine around the tree, providing a dramatic and eye catching view when the blossoms appear.  Larger trunked trees can support a few clematis, spaced appropriately around the base.  Because most varieties of clematis thrive best in full sun, it is important to seek out one of the varieties that have been cultivated specifically for partially shaded areas since the foliage of the tree will filter the sun.

            Intense, sweet almond scents fill the air when the flowers of the clematis first open; fragrances can range from faint to strong while blooming.  In fact, its more common name refers mainly to its scent; Fragrant Virgin’s Bower.  Blossom colors can vary from the purest of white to deepest scarlet.  Shapes and sizes of the blooms can also differ; cuplike on the Bell Flowered Clematis, while some varieties resembling open faced stars.  So called petals can number from four to eight, although the clematis flammula has no true petals.

            Planning a garden or landscape can be a challenging feat, but when considering such a profuse bloomer with incredible presence as the clematis flammula one can hardly go wrong.  Adding degrees of interest and beauty with its climbing artistry and fragrant flowers, the clematis can easily be the focal point of your landscape.