I have a trellis in my front yard with a honeysuckle growing on it. I planted it about 10 years ago and have just never really been happy with it. It is up to the top of the trellis and the top of it gets leaves and some flowers, but from the ground up to the top all you see is the bare vine. It has never flowered the way I thought it should either. I feed it, water it and it just doesn't seem to matter.
The area where this is planted gets sun until about 1:00 in the afternoon and then partial shade.
Anyway, I have been thinking about taking the honeysuckle out and putting in a Clematis (especially not after seeing Simon's beautiful pictures).
My questions are:
1. What are the light requirements?
2. How quickly will it grow. My trellis is about 6 foot high, will it take 5 years for it to get to the top?
3. Will the entire length of the vine be covered with leaves/flowers, or will just the top have leaves/flowers like the honeysuckle?
4. Does clematis require any special care?
I appreciate all of your help and any suggestions.