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We received a Huldine clematis from you on April 4/5 we have only just found the time to put it in the ground. Looks good. 🙂

We particularly want this plant to flower late Sept/Oct. do we need to prune it now down to about 12 inches?

Thank you for your help


Hi Patty, don’t expect too much from it the same season to planting, it will do what it can for you regarding flowers but it will be concentrating on putting its roots down in the ground first. Huldine’s flowering period is normally July to October and this is achieved by cutting it back to about 12-18 inches early march time. So if you want to play around with the flowering periods then ‘Yes’ you have to cut it back again later on in the year.
So you would cut it back in march (as normal) then if you are wanting it to hopefully start flowering in September – you will need to cut it back a second time early july time (just before it starts to flower normally)
Its not a question that we normally get asked but I Hope this helps.
Many Thanks Chris

Clematis Huldine

Chris and Suzy

Clematis for metal garden arches

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David M

I will soon have several metal garden arches, spanning a path, and would like some clematis to grow up them. However, I’m advised that I should carefully select the clematis by final growing height, so that they don’t overwhelm the arches (giving a sort of ‘birds nest’ at the top). The height of the arches is 2.4m, so can you give me some suitable clematis recommendations? Many thanks!

Hi David, yes that is good advise that you have been given, as the ‘final height’ is always a good place to start. If you click the link below it will take you to the heights menu, you will then be able to select 6-8 feet which is what I would recommend for your arches.
You can then sub filter by colour and also flowering period, so in about 3 clicks you will get very close to your ideal selection. Hope this helps, Many Thanks Chris

Clematis by Height

Chris and Suzy

full shade

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Kelly I

Hello I am looking for a clematis that will survive in full shade. My Patio gets NO sun! If that is possible. That will at least have a few flowers?

Thank you


Hi Kelly, the fact that they don’t get any sun at all will be fine for all our clematis that say ‘plant any aspect’ however they will still need to have a clear view of the sky (they wont grow in a woodland setting where the sky its self is not visible)
hope this explains and makes sense

Chris and Suzy

Hardy plants for Inverness Shire climate

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Mrs vivian M

Also fairly sandy soil, so information for preparation of ground would help. Also evergreen varieties would be good. Wanted as birthday present for daughter-in-law

Hi Vivian, As all of our varieties are fully hardy it wont matter too much which ones you go for really. However if it is really extreme then I would probably stick to the ‘alpina’/ ‘macropetala’ / Montana / and the ‘viticella’ types (see link attached) as these will withstand the worst that the weather can throw at them (driving wind/coastal regions) and also can go down to temperatures as low as around -35. So if you are wanting the toughest then go for these. However if its not that bad then just feel free to choose any of our others. Please bare in mind that all evergreen types need full sun and shelter from strong winds. As long as your soil is nice a free draining then you should not have any problems, but if its heavy clay then you will need to improve it before planting.
Hope this helps and answers all your questions
Many Thanks

Chris and Suzy

Any discounts for societies?

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Hi I am an British Clematis Society and international Clematis Society member do you offer any discount for being a member of these societies ? With Thanks David Griffiths.

Hi David, our plants are very keenly priced in the first instance, however the website will offer you £1 per plant discount when you place 5 or more clematis in your basket
Hope this helps

Chris and Suzy