Someone told me today that Clematis won't grow well in the Dallas, Tx area. I'm just curious if this is true.
I live in east Texas - they grow great for me. Fireworks, The President and Mrs. Chomdoley are blooming now - more buds on others. Roots like shade, tops like sun - plant in good soil - I add a bit of lime from time to time, water when needed. I grow out the small bagged ones from Lowes and Walmart in gallon pots until they are older. Can plant annuals around the base of the plant to shade the roots. You should have the same success.
I live in Waco. This photo was taken yesterday. I have grown them in pots and in the ground for about three years now. This one always puts on a good show. I bought it at Lowes but have lost the tag.
There is a forum member who has dozens of Clematis in the Dallas area.
You don't have to shade the roots, just keep them moist. That tops in the sun, roots in the shade deal is a mistake of wording. They meant they need moist roots.
When I lived in Dallas years ago, I had success growing both the sweet autumn clematis and Duchess of Albany in full sun. These were the only two I ever tried to grow there.
Now in Houston, I grow many more. I started with the viticella hybrids and have since branched out a little more. My top performers are Emilia Plater, Inspiration and Prince Charles - perhaps the fact that these are the oldest also contribute to them flowering the most.
Clematis Container Nursery has an article on growing clematis in hot climates written by a person who lives in Atlanta and gardens in red clay soil. I would think that Atlanta's climate and soil would be similar to Dallas (except that Dallas has Blackland Prairie clay soil instead of red clay). If you click on the link, the article is a little more than half way down the list of articles and is titled "Growing Clematis in Hot Climates".
Here is a link that might be useful: growing clematis in hot climates
never tried before, but seems doable according to other posts.
shirley-z-8-tx, that's some good shots there.
As it happens, Brushwood Vines and Climbers is having a sale now (15% off) until 5pm Wednesday. Clematis viticella hybrids do well in hot areas. I bought 6 two years ago (total newbie) and they're all still alive!! And growing. I'm Zone 9a in hot and humid Florida.
Here's an article on Viticellas that gives a lot of names that you can look up.
Here's Brushwood's link:
Here is a link that might be useful: If only sweat were irrigation...