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How to Hide the Bottom of a Clematis


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Clematis, also known as Ville de Lyon, is a flowering plant. According to Gardener’s World, it has been raised in France since 1899. Herbs 2000 points out that clematis is a summer blooming plant and is considered a woody variety. The plant is beautiful in bloom, but during the off-season, the bottom of the clematis is bare. Hiding the lower part will allow for a beautiful garden year-round.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Hand shovel
  • Evergreen shrubs
  • Water
    1. Obtain an evergreen shrub or a few shrubs, depending on the number of clematis and the space in front of the flowering plant. Determine the size of the root ball of the shrub, based on the pot it is planted in.
    2. Dig a hole in front of the clematis large enough to fit the shrub root ball or to the appropriate size necessary for the shrub. Use the appropriate planting directions for the specific plant. Usually, the appropriate depth is around the size of the root ball or slightly less.
    3. Remove the shrub from the pot, and place it in the hole. Gently press on the soil around the root ball with your hands to break up the soil slightly so the roots can grow into the new soil. Cover the shrub roots with dirt until it is held in place, and water according to the needs of the shrub.
    4. Adjust the clematis so it will grow through or over the shrub. This effectively hides the bottom of the clematis throughout the year and allows the flowers to show up during the blooming summer and early-autumn months.

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