What to plant in front of clematis?

suz9601March 29, 2012

I am planting a Jackmanni Clematis this weekend and am looking for what to plant in front of it to keep the roots cool? I need something that is not too large as I have a small butterfly garden on the other side of the patio that I would like to be able to see. What kinds of perinnels or shrubs do you guys plant in front of your clematis? Thanks for any help.

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

You do not need to worry about planting something in front of it to keep it's roots cool. This is a persistent myth.

They do not like root competition at all. What they need is moist soil and a big well amended hole without competition.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2012 at 3:06PM
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suz9601

Thanks for your help

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 11:36PM
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pmermakov(Zone 6 (OH))

I would not plant any perennial closer than a foot and a half of your clematis, however a shallow rooted perennial planted fairly close can really compliment the clematis. For early clematis you could try "Globe Master" allium or dianthus. I saw a beautiful combo of perennial lavender poppies in front of "John Warren" clematis. For late flowering clematis try purple coneflowers or gay feather (liatris).

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 7:16PM
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