The clematis is a vigorous climbing vine with typically large, showy flowers or small, fragrant blooms. Some of the easiest clematis types to grow are also the most easily spread, which makes them prime candidates for some invasive plant lists. Contained amicably in your home garden, clematis vines can provide three-season visual interest in an array of lovely pinks, whites, yellows and deep purples, while they wend their way up, down and around structures, trees, fence posts, trellises and mailboxes.
With its affinity for cool feet and a warm head, the Jackman clematis finds itself growing in some unexpected spots. This is the luxurious flowering vine that you often seen clambering over mailboxes or winding up and down street signage. Shade its feet and give it some sun above, and the Jackman will flourish all season long in a moist but well-drained soil. Clip its strong vines after its flowers are spent to get rid of dry ends.
Its sweet fragrance and fall-blooming qualities give this lovely clematis its name. The Sweet Autumn produces hundreds of tiny, white blooms on a thin, twining vine at a time in the season when most other flowers are fading away. It’s a self-seeding plant, so let it go to seed and watch it spread into a fuller mass each year. A rich floral scent fills the air around this easily cultivated clematis as it grows over garden boulders and up trees, and provides a late-season shady nook in pergolas with its abundant foliage and flower cover.
The Alpine Virgin’s Bower is one of the first clematis flowers to bloom each spring, sending forth showy bell-like blooms in shades of white, cream, pink, pale blue, red, mauve and deep blue, depending on the variety. This clematis is hardy and easy to grow, as its vigorous nature gives it a twining tenacity to aid its ability to climb and cling. Gardeners like it for its pretty flowers and casual care, and for its willingness to make a home on north-facing fences and walls that other floral beauties may spurn.