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how shady can a clematis go?

Posted by eblin 7 (DC) (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 20, 11 at 6:13

We have a bed against a fence that is definitely shady, though it gets reflected light off a white garage. Are there any clematis species that will do well there? Or am I stuck with hostas?

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RE: how shady can a clematis go?

  • Posted by katie Zone 8a NoCA (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 20, 11 at 14:40

I have found that clematis are like roses and need 6 hours of sun a day. There are some clematis sold as being "good for shade" but I don't agree with that. As for the shade situation also try heuchera - the leaves come in lovely lime colors in addition to reds, orange and greens. Also consider hellebores.


RE: how shady can a clematis go?

Do not tell Josephine! She doesn't know that! Of course she is in full sun until the tree leafs out:

And then she climbs the tree:



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