What Do You Use To Support Your Clematis

dkotchey(z5)May 11, 2008

What do you use to support/grow your clematis? I have 5 growing up my deck railings and on trellises. I just purchased 4 new clematis and haven't decided what to do with them yet. I've read some of you have them growing up trees, through roses, etc. I'm nervous about having one grow through my roses - I was thinking they would compete with each other too much. How about growing up trees - don't they compete with tree roots and nutrients?

What other creative places do you grow them? What structures do you have good luck with (trellis, tomato cages, etc.).

I have the perfect spot around a rain pipe at the corner of my house but I think I would need something else near or a around the pipe so that it's not too heavy for the pipe to support. Any suggestions?

Any pictures would be great to see too. I need some ideas on what to do with my new babies.


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jeanne_texas(Z 8B TX)

As long as the area around your downspout of your gutter doesn't stay soggy it should do ok...Clematis like their roots to stay moist BUT not standing in soggy soil..so you'll have to decide those conditions yourself..When mentioning roses ..we are talk about climbing roses..those are best as they can overwhelm a rose bush..I have mine on rose arbors with my climbing roses and Obelisk, Tuteurs, one is climbing my lemon tree..when planting with trees the roots can compete...so make sure that it is far enough away and where the soil moisture will be condusive with its needs...I have also attached wire fencing to my brick on my home and have them growing up that....And up my Pergola with my climbing roses and in pots with obelisks...Jeanne

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:28AM
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nckvilledudes(7a NC)

Here is a link to my Photobucket album showing a variety of supports to grow clematis on. Your imagination is the only limiting factor in the number of items that can be used to support clematis.

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Supports

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 2:26PM
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I bought some 64" black wire obelisks at Lowe's and the clematis have taken to them with a grateful sigh (they were making do with tomato cages). These are to use as vertical accents in mixed beds which include shrub roses. Now I'm on the look out for a few taller obelisks for higher growth. I can't reach up very high but the obelisks are easy to install and the clematis have no problems getting a grip on them.
And I figure the wire designs will be acceptable in winter as well.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 7:07PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Some are on lattice trellises, some on nets stapled to cedar fences, some on arbors, some on lattice fences, some on obelisks, some I'm trying to get to grow through shrubs but they seem to prefer to ramble on the ground.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 11:56AM
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