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I would like to have blooms spring through fall, but how will I know what vines to prune since they would be from different groups? Suzanne. Remove and destroy any damaged shoots, and treat with a commercial fungus fighter if needed. Is it possible to grow an evergreen variety with a group 1 or 2 so that there is always something (flowers or leaves) on the trellis? Download PDF. And our editor, Allison, who lives in the area, just planted a Group 3 ‘Mrs. Although, you should probably have a few flowers after two years. I can plant two if necessary. Baicor Nutra Green All-Purpose 5-10-5 Fertilizer, 19 of the Best Summer Flowering Clematis for Your Garden, Leafy Greens for Salads and Sautees: How to Grow Spinach, How to Deal with Common Sago Palm Pests and Diseases, The Best Companion Plants to Grow with Pumpkins, The Art of Cover Cropping: Sustainable Care for a Happy Garden, How to Prevent and Treat Powdery Mildew on Pumpkin Plants, The Complete Guide to Growing Winter Squash, How to Choose the Best Backyard Playground Equipment for Your Home, Jacob’s Ladder: Regal Shade-Blooming Perennial. It will grow in a large container Shelly, but requires a bit more attention than ones in the ground. It can also be spotted along streams and ponds. Even pruning clematis is easy – it’s true! Is there a clematis that will strive in my zone and where I want to plant? They can be evergreen or deciduous and exist in temperate regions worldwide. Large, flowering bi-colours, reds, and blues may fade quickly if … In fact, some gardeners will even use crushed aspirin in a pinch to root their cuttings, since it contains salicylic acid. But, they do have a reputation for being a bit difficult to grow – with confusion over pruning being the main reason. Cut back the stem below the ooze, and it may develop a new shoot in the same growing season. Next spring, right after they finish blooming, cut them back to 18-36 inches above the ground – cutting the stems 1-2 inches above a strong set of leaves. Virgin's Bower, Clematis virginiana, is a native vine that lights up the fall landscape with silky, feather-like seed heads. I’m just amazed that I’m getting such great blooms through those skinny stems! Pruning clematis depends on when they flower and the age of the wood that they flower on. Group 3 are the late flowering cultivars that blossom during summer through autumn, and do so on new wood formed in the current year. Pretty much anything with a small, coarse grit available at your building or landscape center is suitable. And of course, remember our pruning tip – the earlier they bloom, the less you need to prune. Here’s a few suggestions to get you started. Unfortunately, plants like clematis are often mislabeled, or the color quality of label photos may not match up with what you see in the garden. Jim's close uo of the tendrils is amazing! These late-bloomers, such as ‘Princess Diana’ and ‘Ville de Lyon,’ require the most extensive pruning. Unfortunately clematis doesn’t react to the pH of the soil the way hydrangeas do, so you won’t be able to change the color of your flowers. Now I’m interested.. any specific suggestions you can give me for a desert environment? Immediately after the first set of flowers has finished in early summer, a second, harder pruning is called for. Spores can overwinter in the soil so ground debris should be removed and destroyed as well. Botanical Name Clematis virginiana Common Name(s) Devil's darning needles, Virgin's Bower, Old Man's Beard Light and Soil Requirement Sun, part sun, shade; dry, moist Zones of Hardiness 3 to 9 Height 12 to 15 feet Leaf Arrangement Opposite Form / Shape Vine Leaf Color Bright green, trifoliate Special Attributes Ability to vine and cover large… During their first growing season, all clematis will benefit substantially if the tips of new shoots are pinched out a couple of times, then cut back hard in the first spring following planting. Clematis virginiana, Virgins Bower: A native Ohio vine, Pictures of Virgins Bower, how to cultivate, map showing the natural range of Clematis virginiana. Robert Brydon’. It is now late April in central Massachusetts – too early to plant a young, small clematis? This will promote new growth, and a second flush of flowers. When you say you planted two blue and two pink, did you see them actually bloom in these colors, or is this just how they were depicted on the packaging? Notice what is growing on the trellis! Clematis enjoy a dressing of 5-10-10 in the spring along with a thick layer of compost, then 2 or 3 feedings of a water-soluble fertilizer throughout the summer. Group 1 requires no pruning and stems become thick and woody, while Group 3 stems stay small and get an annual hard pruning to the… Read more ». It’s pretty easy to grow a late flowering variety with a Group 1 vine, Susan – and either a ‘Montana’ or an evergreen works well. However, Clematis container growing is definitely possible, even in climates with chilly winters. You could plant two of the same group together for blooms at the same time, or choose two different groups for a longer season in the same space. Not sure exactly what you mean, Sandy. These plants offer glossy green leaves year-round and pretty, fragrant flowers in early spring that make them ideal for a trellis between windows! . The name clematis comes from the ancient Greek “klema,” which means (not surprisingly) something akin to “climbing vine.”. They feature opposing leaves, and stems divide into stalks and leaflets that twist around supporting structures for stability, and to anchor the plants as they curl and climb. We have a lovely huge vine and have waited for two years for our We’ve planted evergreen clematis this spring and they are off to a great start. It has not bloomed yet so can I assume it is a Group 3 variety? Clematis grow best in a rich, moist to average, well-drained soil, in full sun. And that’s it for Group 3 pruning requirements! Dig deeply, but take care to not damage the root ball – stay about a foot away from the main stems. If you want to combine these plants, use a tag or stake at the base of the plant to remember what groups they belong to so you can prune accordingly. However, if your plants get top heavy during the growing season, feel free to deadhead the… Read more », Thanks so much Lorna. Thanks, Hi LaTrice, if you have hairy bulbs or bells on the vine right now then your plant’s about to flower – and is probably a Group 1 vine. Native or Invasive Clematis? Most clematis prefer full sun (6 plus hours), but a few enjoy partial shade that your 5 hours would provide. Being less maintenance, the male Clematis virginiana is not adorned with seeds (versus the female which does produce seeds) but is showy (in comparison to the female version). Clematis virginiana is offered in a full gallon size with free shipping! But with some supplemental watering, it’ll really take off and fill out into a beautiful vine. All I can tell you is it just bloomed, huge beautiful purple blooms. The next is overfertilization – too much nitrogen (is your plant located next to a well-fertilized lawn?) In late winter or early spring, prune again as outlined for Group 2 in… Read more », Hi Lorna, I’m a true “newbie” at growing clematis, and as a result they suffer from skinny stems! That is, once you know our easy-to-remember pruning tip… keep reading for that. It is cold in Winter, of course, this clematis is located near our front porch, Here are a few reasons for non-flowering Carol. Seed Provenance - Clematis virginiana - Virgin's Bower Gift from the birds Ohio 2012 - Nodding Onion Garden 2016 to present, © 2010 Nodding Onion Gardens LLC                                                  Ohio Department of Agriculture Certificate of Nursery Inspection 2010 -  2020, To view the natural range of  Virgin's Bower visit the USDA, (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity) -, Ohio Department of Agriculture Certificate of Nursery Inspection 2010 -  2020. Hope this helps, and thanks for your… Read more ». Oh no! Try Slug Shield for deterring slugs and snails, available from Amazon. It is fast growing of up to 20 feet in one year, though mine took a few years to get big. I’m worried about over wintering and pruning. And in your terminology is mine a Group… Read more », Hi Nina, I’ve seen the lovely, two-toned ‘Taiga’ listed in both Group 2 and 3 pruning groups, but the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) lists it as a Group 3 – so that’s what I’d go with. Today I am sharing how to grow clematis. Etymology: Clematis comes from the Greek clem, meaning “vine”.Virginiana refers to the species’ presence in the state of Virginia (6).. Botanical synonyms: Clematis canadensis Mill. As for growing up a house, if that’s what you’re referring to, this… Read more ». I have beautiful group 2 clematis that I planted before I knew better, using an old shrub that had died. Could u email me? Thanks for your question, and let us know how they respond! Virgin’s Bower. A low plant, a bush, a vine on the ground, or a vine that climbs trees. In… Read more ». Plant your cuttings in a seed starting medium with just the leaves poking out above the soil, water well, and give them bright but indirect light. COPYRIGHT © 2020 ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. I know, this can be emotionally difficult as we’re eager to watch them grow and bloom. Clematis virginiana L. var. To retain as many blossoms as possible, reshape gradually over the course of a few years. And will it bloom again?? Clematis virginiana is known to be a prolific self-seeder. If the vine has been detached from the root, this is its life support system, and unfortunately the broken off portion won’t survive on its own. And some even fill the air with sweet fragrance. Water the planting hole thoroughly. Refill the planting hole with the amended soil and firm in place, then water thoroughly. Growing guide How to grow clematis. Virgin's Bower Growing and Maintenance Tips. Once they’re cut back, put any new trellises or supports in place for them to grow onto. But if you want to contain it, there are a couple of things you can do. Save With stunning diversity, these hardy vinesput on an unforgettable show that includes color, fragrance, and multi-season displays of both flowers and showy seed heads. All varieties will put on a better display if they undergo an annual pruning, even those in Group 1, which doesn’t require pruning for flower production. With stunning diversity, these hardy vines put on an unforgettable show that includes color, fragrance, and multi-season displays of both flowers and showy seed heads. I would love a fast grower that can grow to 15 feet (maybe I’m just dreaming here). What’s going on? I had you water the soil when you prepared the pots, but do it again if needed. Prune hard as for Group 3 (below – more on groupings in a little bit), or to the strongest set of buds approximately 12 inches above the crown. For deciduous varieties, plant the root ball so that the crown will be about 3 or 4 inches below the surface, and place it on a 45-degree angle with the vines leaning towards their permanent support. description for "Clematis: Clematis virginiana" A native Clematis that has been tamed to the garden. Also, provide a thick mulch of chipped bark or straw… Read more ». All of the previous year’s growth is removed, and flowers form entirely on new wood. Do you folks have any clematis tips or questions you’d like to share? The growing medium should be damp enough to stay in ball if you squeezed a handful, but not so wet that it drips water. Common Names: Devil’s-Darning-Needles (1), Virgin’s Bower (3), Herbe Aux Gueux (6), Woodbine (9). And C. x aromatica has a spicy fragrance with reddish-purple flowers. It just started blooming. (And I’ll email you the response… Read more », Hi Lorna I moved into a house in southern Minnesota which has a clematis on the west side of the house. But don’t skip this step – it encourages branching at the base and prevents the disappointing skinny-chicken-legs-with-only-top-growth syndrome. Something colorful and fragrant preferably. This applies to all types. Though there are some types of clematis that have a bushy habit, most of them are born to climb. In the meantime, you could use bamboo stakes or create a string web to your deck railing to provide extra support if the vines grow much larger. Just ensure the plants have good air circulation and keep the beds clean – I suspect you have a bit of summer humidity as well and this helps to minimize fungal problems that can occur in cooler, shadier conditions. Some are evergreen, some deciduous. And if your plants only grew about 4 feet this year, I would recommend cutting them back hard in late winter regardless of their… Read more ». Hi Carol, very pretty! When do you prune this kind? Spend a bit of time preparing a planting hole, give them permanent support right away, provide plenty of sunshine, keep the roots cool, and keep them cut back for the first year. This makes sense, since stress can make us more susceptible to poor health as well. Large, established plants can also be pruned flat to the soil, which helps them initiate new stems. Thanks. Flowers: Showy white or cream clusters, each flower about 1" (2.5 cm) across, with five petals and many stamens. Hope this helps! The tag disappeared. Make sure to fertilize monthly during the growing season with an all-purpose fertilizer such as 5-10-5 or 5-10-10, water regularly, and ensure plenty of drainage in… Read more ». With close to 300 hybrid species, and more cultivars being developed every year, these vines have become a garden standby. Here are a few to get you started: To frame your door, you could try C. montana ‘Fragrant Spring’ or ‘Vera’ with pink flowers and a scent of almonds. In comparison to Clematis teniflora, Clematis virginiana is smaller. The long vines can extend up to 10 feet, producing abundant clusters of small white flowers in midsummer which for about a month. They bloom, beautifully on a trellis, but are top-heavy. It is done blooming, do I trim it now and how? Grooming should be performed immediately after they’ve flowered, and only to manage their shape and size, to thin out any tangled growth, or to remove dead wood. Clematis vitalba: Dip stem cuttings that are about 4 inches long and that include a pair of healthy leaves into rooting hormone, after removing all of the lower leaves from the stems. But like any plants, they are susceptible to a few pests. But you can try rooting cuttings from the detached portion to start new plants. Easy how to care for your clematis instructions you can follow. Here are the most common problems, and solutions. Truly appreciated. Great tips, I have old clematis Group 2 vines that have been ignored for years, but they are growing. To allow roots to spread easily, rough up the side walls with a hoe or cultivator before planting and refilling with soil. And you’ll be richly rewarded if you put in the time and energy to create an optimized growing environment. The first flush of flowers that appear in late spring and early summer form on new shoots from old wood. I am in zone 5-6. It’s hard not to be a fan of clematis. After that, they’ll perform like champions. Hi Delilah, most clematis are not fragrant, and those that are typically have white or cream flowers – but there are a few exceptions. Devil's Darning Needles, American Virgin's Bower, Leather Flower, Virgin's Bower, Old Man's Beard, Woodbine, Clematis virginiana var. This type of product is usually available as a powder or a gel, and it will usually contain two types of auxin hormones, salicylic acid (SA) and indolebutyric acid (IBA). And yes, go ahead and cut them back now in May. See our TOS for more details. This is the right substitute for invasive Clematis ternifolia (sweet autumn clematis) introduced from Japan. You can even make a cloche out of rigid plastic to provide shade. Do not know what group we have? It’s easily sprouting a foot from where it was planted. I can’t see any insects. Remember, the first set of flowers form on old wood. Nope, sorry John, Group 3 has the big, showy flowers but for fragrance, you have to go to Group 1, the evergreens. Dr. Deno’s books are available as a free download – see the above menu called Free Books for details. Finally, add a cup of bone meal and mix all of the ingredients together until the soil is light, loose, and friable. Laying down stones or flat rocks in a semicircle on the sunny side, but outside of the planting zone, will also help to draw heat away from the root area. Prune in spring as for Group 3. If possible, clematis should be planted in the spring. For pruning, that means cutting them back hard in late winter or early spring to a pair of strong leaf buds (nodes) about 8 to 12 inches above the ground. This Clematis species is not sold by most garden centers or nurseries, where the colourful large-flowered cultivars are well-known and used instead. GARDENER'S PATH® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. A Nelly Moser on the other side of the steps is also a prolific bloomer. And they’ll enjoy a nice topdressing of organic compost as well. Powdery mildew is a fungal infection, but mulching and regular watering can reduce the stress that makes plants susceptible. What I have are indeed Clematis virginiana, purchased at a reputable native plant nursery. Some varieties produce flowers of different colors through the season, or… Read more », Hi Lorna i don’t know which group my clematis are. Are clematis worth the extra effort to get them established in your garden? any suggestions would help as I’m a first timer with these plants, Some winter care will help your plants James. This will give it the necessary time to become well-established before winter weather sets in. A member of pruning group 3, cut it back hard in late… Read more », Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with me!! It has been several days now. Here is more about what we do. Growing Clematis From Seed – Current Information. I have done nothing with it, because I honestly didn’t know what I had!! One of my plants is a single vine growing straight up, should I prune it now (May) or do nothing? And just to be clear, cool roots does not mean soggy roots! Despite rumors to the contrary, clematis vines are actually quite simple to care for. We live in the Northeast. They all got to about 4 feet. Its quick growth and size make it suitable as a privacy screen or to scramble over fences, stumps, or bare spots in your yard. Do you know which cultivars you planted, Sally? Fall flowering clematis, native to Eastern North America, with fragrant cream white flower in August - September (flower have 1.25" in diameter). Young shoots are a favorite of pesky slugs and snails, but a slug barrier of copper mesh offers safe, full-season protection against these garden raiders. General Description. You haven’t mentioned what group your plants belong to – Group 3 stems are cut back to the ground in winter, so no need to worry about winter damage to them. Beautiful Fast Growing Clematis with fragrant small white flowers. If your plant has just finished blooming, it probably belongs to Group 2. If you can train any of the new growth into the sunshine, that might help. How I successfully grow beautiful clematis though I don’t always follow the rules. At this time, any dead, damaged, or weak stems should be removed, and remaining stems cut back to a pair of robust buds. I live in Indiana and last year i planted it and to be honest it flowered then but i forgot about it and today i walk by and see this vine choking my Japanese maple. Since these three are in close proximity, I don’t think it is lacking in nutrients. Thanks, Hi Lonnie, C. drummondii is native to your region and will do fine on its own as it’s highly drought tolerant. (This hurts my heart!). Clematis virginiana is an easy and generous native climber suitable for a larger space. I live on the beach in Puako, Hawaii and I have a guest house that has a perfect door and porch but it would be even more perfect if there were growing flowers around the door. As do other climbers like a rambling rose or wisteria, and shrubs or trees as well. Some are evergreen, some deciduous. Now when you say ‘prune hard’ the first spring after planting- how hard are you talking? These Clematis can grow in damp heavy soil, or Average Garden soil. These stems are initially green or dull red, but they eventually turn brown and woody. And after the first flush of blooms has finished, give it a gentle, selective pruning – snipping off the spent blossoms to the first set of leaves below them. Hi Heather – Thanks for the details with your questions! For dark blossoms, like the deep purple C. romantika or C. jackmanii, try a spot with dappled afternoon shade during the hot summer months – this will help to retain their color and prevent fading. This vigorous fragrant clematis plant is a vine. They also enjoy plenty of sunlight, and prefer a location where they’ll receive a minimum of six hours per day. It was trimmed to 12″ last fall and covered with mulch. Try printing as a PDF to save it to your phone or computer! How should I prune and when? Blossom times range from late winter right through to autumn, wit… Currently, I have eight of these planted as dormant roots. I’m looking to build a privacy wall/trellis and grow clematis. In nature, it can be found growing along wet or low lying woodlands. Clematis does not appreciate having its feet in standing water. All are winter hardy for S. Ontario and belong to Group 3 – fast growing and summer blooming. Wilt usually targets the large-flowered varieties and is characterized by a rapid decline in health, with leaves and stalks turning black and dying. If you’re looking for a native flowering vine which thrives in a variety of light conditions, Virgin’s Bower clematis (Clematis virginiana) may be the answer.Although the Virgin’s Bower vine doesn’t produce the large, showy flowers of other clematis varieties, like Nelly Moser or Jackmanii, it’s one of the few vines which blooms proficiently in the shade. Ensure your pruners are clean before using on clematis, and provide a healthy root environment. GARDEN SITE: Full Sun to Part Shade. Once they’ve settled in and new growth begins, clematis enjoys a fertilizer of 5-10-5, or 5-10-10. In late winter or early spring, Group 3 vines are simply cut back to a set of strong, healthy buds anywhere from 8 to 16 inches above the ground. Clematis virginiana Toxicodendron radicans; Common Name: wild clematis: poison ivy: Plant: Vine 12-15' (3.7-4.6 m) long. I appreciate any advice! This happened last year but up until a week… Read more », If your plant hasn’t flowered or been pruned in three years, I would start with that Gay. With these types, the crown should be level with the surface when planted. Keep your vines well-watered, but don’t overfeed. Will Clematis vines grow in southern California? Keep this in mind as we go over the details for each group. You can use a thick, 3-5 inch layer of mulch to keep roots cool or try planting companion annuals like sweet alyssum, nasturtiums, or pansies to provide topside shade. And Henryi is a Group 2 bloomer, so prune hard in late winter/early spring to a healthy set of buds on each stem. The Group 1 vines don’t require pruning (just a light cleanup) and won’t smother the later bloomers. The clematis was in the flower bed when we bought the house. Sounds like you have a Group 2 variety Susan, with two flushes of blooms. You might also find it helpful to give your climber a boost by attaching the stem to its support with twine, plant velcro, or tomato clips. These climbers require a large planting hole, approximately 24 x 24 inches. And ensure the soil is well draining. You can feel safe using the other plants mentioned above, because while clematis twines, it does so with delicate leaf tendrils, not thick stems. It is very close to a blue one that is still blooming. Add a generous layer of mulch around the base of the stems, 4-6 inches of compost, hay, chopped leaves, or aged manure – ensure plant crowns are well covered. Like other climbing plants, the growing end of a clematis vine is searching for something to grab onto, and if it can't find anything, it will stop growing. Most of the large-flowered hybrids grow to around 8 to 12 feet tall, but the small herbaceous species only grow to 2 to 5 feet tall. Thanks so much! Just don’t scoop a couple of buckets of salty sand from the beach to use for planting… , Thank you for the excellent and informative article on the gorgeous clematis vines. Return a portion of the amended soil to the hole, to achieve the correct level for planting. I would like to plant something like this next spring. My dog broke off our 2 year old clematis this morning. I have something similar in my own garden where rock tops the planting space to help retain moisture and prevent weed growth, with circles cleared around my shrubs and trees. This promotes new growth and encourages a second flush of blossoms. Sounds like an interesting project Slim! Auxin hormones help to facilitate plant growth, and in this case they will send a signal to the cuttings that tells them to switch from putting their energies into producing leafy growth to producing new roots instead. My issue is that the vines are spreading out everywhere and taking over the entire bed. I love the look of vibrant and fragrant flowers around door ways and walls. Come winter, make sure you read our guide to clematis winter care to protect your vines from frost and freezing temperatures. Name: Clematis virginiana L. Family: Ranunculaceae (buttercup family). Also, you mentioned three pruning groups. If there are any spent flowers, remove those. Clematis to bloom but not one flower? The native virgin’s bower (Clematis virginiana) is in full bloom in Indiana from August to September, looking like a blanket of white flowers spread over other vegetation.After blooming, numerous pistils with feathery styles give the fruit a fluffy appearance. Virgin's Bower (Clematis virginiana). Virginiana is often found in moi Once your perimeter is dug and roots removed, you can install a deep-root landscape barrier. Many varieties of Clematis are suitable for growing in containers, including the following: across (12-15 cm), adorned with paler pink bars and yellow stamens. Be sure to plant in well-drained soil, set the crown at least 2 inches below the soil surface, and cover with 3-4 inches of bark mulch. Another option is to plant perennials or low profile shrubs on the south (or sunny) side of the base to provide shade for the roots and crown. These produce flowers on both new and old wood. Can I use a big pot as the base? Add one to three heaping shovelfuls of builders’ sand to improve drainage – be generous with the sand if your site tends to be soggy. Its native to eastern North America and the habitat of this species is represented by moist low woodland areas and thickets bordering streams, ponds and fence rows. These leaf tendrils will wrap around slender twigs, wire, string, and so on but aren’t able to curl around thick slats or branches – unlike a stem twiner such as wisteria, which is known to strangle other plants and even bring down garden structures. How to Grow Clematis. Or can you email me a copy ? The plants were about 3-4 feet tall when planted. Hopefully, the new growth will produce flowers. It will need an excellent growing environment and shouldn’t be planted in or close to heat traps – an east or north facing site is best. I live in Tucson AZ and have a Drummond Clematis that came up wild a few years ago. The nursery’s website said: “Because they flower freely on new stems, we suggest pruning the plants every spring down to just above the lowest node showing growth. Thankyou so much for your time and health. Many species are native to Asia, but there are also varieties endemic to Europe, North America, and Australia. Are Group 3 the only clematis that can be grown in Minnesota? Have supports in place to train the new growth onto. A beautiful, fragrant, but aggressive native vine that covers many plants and shrubs along the Blue Ridge Parkway and elsewhere. Hi, I’ve ordered a late flowering clematis rouge cardinal and would like to pair it with a white spring flowering clematis for longer flowering (maybe a group 1). When planting, dig the hole deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots and amend the soil generously with aged compost. Which kind do you recommend that I start? If it’s not wilt, perhaps snails or slugs are nibbling on the stems?… Read more ». Then you can sit back and relish their sprawling, exuberant, massive display of flowers! Hi Lorna, can you give me an example of builder’s sand. Wait until winter and your plant is dormant, then use a spade to dig out the side shoots. Amend it with two or three heaping shovelfuls of organic material such as compost or mature manure. Yet it is growing and it all looks wonderful. This will include some new growth, but that’s ok – new shoots will emerge in 3-4 weeks. We have a new clematis, looks healthy, lots of big buds but almost every time a bud is ready to open, it falls off the plant. It is an easy and generous native climber suitable for a larger space. Protection from intense afternoon sun is beneficial. A permanent support should be set in place at the time of planting. It’s true that they’re finicky about where they like to set their roots. If you’re referring to a location of the garden that has been filled in with something like pieces of brick or small rocks rather than a mulch covering, you should still be able to grow clematis along a trellis if the soil is cleared in the area where you’re planting. Planting deeply in this manner, and on an angle, will help new stems to grow from the underground leaf axis. Branches are clad with attractive dark green leaves. Hay, leaves, wood chips, or bark mulch all work well. Flower sizes range from small and delicate to large plate-sized blossoms. But gardening can help with that! I’m not sure which variety I have but I think it would be group 2. Now I know I really do have a jewel and maybe can coerce my hubby into making me a SW style pergola ❣️ Thanks again ❣️. Once it’s set, you will attach the small support to your permanent structure with twine. The less you need both for a trellis, but they require a bit difficult to grow.... 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