choosing a cultivar in 6b

rootygirl(6b/7)March 7, 2010

Hi Clematis lovers,

I am new to GardenWeb. I have grown a couple of clematis in the past: Niobe and Nelly Moser. The Niobe dries out and goes dormant in the 6b heat, unless I maybe move it to a spot with little sunlight.

I have a small garden and I am wanting to plant a clematis against a trellis on a brick wall. The site gets some morning sun, but mostly shade. It probably gets hot on the brick.

Can you recommend a clematis to plant there? If a clematis is a bad choice, I will think of another idea! We have hot summers.

Thanks so much!

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I doubt that heat is the issue - most LFH clematis (type II and III) are good in AHS heat zones 1-9, which is quite a bit hotter than you are likely to see in Tennessee. And folks grow them in places like Texas and Arizona as well. I would be more concerned about how much water the vines might receive and how deeply they are planted. If they are planted deeply (4-6" above the soil level of most potted clems) and the soil kept evenly moist, they should not be drying out, especially if planted where they receive afternoon shade.

You might want to focus on the viticellas or some of the American species clematis. Drying out in the heat of summer appears to be less of a concern with these.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 5:03PM
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Thank you, gardengal. I did not know about planting them deeply.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2010 at 5:44PM
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