I have a new gardening goal. I want to grow clematis that out-grow those that my older sister has around her garden. A few weekends ago, we were all at her house, and my youngest sister and I decided to go out and look around at all the plants and gardens.
After all, that’s what we do when we visit one another, we go out and look at each other’s gardens and steal ideas, if not actual plants. (Kidding! I never took a plant I didn’t ask for first and I am always willing to give my sisters plants when they visit me!). I can’t say as how I didn’t take an idea or two from their gardens, however.
Anyway, my older sister was too busy with other guests to accompany us on a tour of her garden but she had a moment to holler out “Don’t take any pictures to put on your blog that make my garden look bad!”
Honestly. Look at that clematis growing through that picket fence in the picture above. Does that make her garden look bad? Doesn’t that look beautiful?
And how about this clematis growing by their front porch?
Look how big that one clematis flower is, and how the
yarrow spirea flowers complement the color of the clematis so well.
And this clematis. What a stunner, just loaded with flowers.
I really had seen enough when I asked where she got this double clematis.
Her answer? It wasn’t a double clematis when she bought it.
My sister turns single flowering clematis into double flowering clematis! And then she asked “did you see that clematis on the trellis in the front bed?” Yes, I did. “I didn’t plant it there, it just came up this spring”. And clematis self-sow around the garden for her, too.
Or she is getting so old she can’t remember where she plants her clematis and what she buys.
Now is there anything bad about my sister’s gardens in this post? See I can be nice, I can be trusted with a camera in someone else’s garden. Really, I can!
While I was looking around, I took careful notes on how and where she is growing her clematis so I can try to grow them like that in my garden.
But in case I missed something, does anyone have any hints or tricks to growing clematis that they can share with me?