The back yard of my new home (moved in less than a year ago) has two very different clematis plants. I tried researching and just got more confused… there are so many different kinds of clematis!
One is very demure. It died back completely over the winter and it is climbing up its trellis delicately and putting on flowerbuds now.
The other is going nuts. Its wooden trellis is gradually collapsing under its weight. If I remember correctly, last year it bloomed around August, blue flowers about 1-1/2 inches across.
My main question is about the nutty one. The previous owner didn’t leave the least clue about what variety either of these are. What’s my best bet as to when to prune it? Should I prune it any right now? Thanks!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.