Sweet Autumn Clematis
On our cobblestone back patio, I am highly considering Sweet Autumn Clematis to cover the fence that covers two sides of the patio. I like the SAC for its late season bloom, sweet fragrance, and multitude of flowers. However, I have never grown this vine before and have no idea how it will cover the area. Any help? I'm especially curious about how wide the vine will grow and if it will be full and lush all the way to the lower part of the vine. Is it trainable or will it just take off and cover the area in a bush of vines? Also, I need a plant to grow at the base to shade the roots of the vine. Suggestions? Any ideas would be helpful - I'm an ambitious, but novice gardener. Thanks!