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Good Clematis for Growing Thru Rhododendron?

Posted by lois PA Zone 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 12, 09 at 13:30

I have 2 large rhododendrons that look great in spring but boring for the rest of the summer. They get 5 hours of sun in the afternoon on the west side of the house.

Can anyone give me suggestions for clematis to grow through the rhodies and give them a second season of bloom? I'd like something bright enough to show up against the dark green foliage but not too pale - my house is a pale yellow and some colors don't show up well against it.


Lois in PA

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RE: Good Clematis for Growing Thru Rhododendron?

I would suggest looking into the integrifolia and texensis group of clematis. They aren't clinging like many clems and will be gentle on the shrubbery. There are many colors of blooms to choose from.

I'm adding a link to Clematis on the Web's picture gallery for the integrifolia group. There is also a search feature to look through the different pictures available in other types as well. Just click on the picture search tab and then choose the group you wish to search on the types section.


Here is a link that might be useful: Clematis on the Web Integrifolia Pic gallery

RE: Good Clematis for Growing Thru Rhododendron?

I'm in a cooler climate, and my rhodos don't get as large as my family's in PA, but I have Ville de Lyon and Rhapsody growing through one of mine. I would choose ones like these (or integrifolias as suggested) that you trim to the ground each spring so that the growth stays fresh.

I chose these type III's because they grow up into the shrub as the rhodo blooms, then a few weeks later they each have a series of weeks when they bloom, holding their flowers up toward the sun. The effect is that the rhodo is blooming again early and mid summer.

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