Grow Clematis on –
1. a trellis
2. a fence or in the city garden more likely a railing
3. an arbor
4. a lamppost
Basic Plant Instructions
You can plant Clematis wherever the soil retains some moisture and the roots are shaded.
The plant flowers on the year’s new growth, so pruning is best done in early spring, before the plant leafs out.
Cut to the ground the plant can reach 3 metres (10 ft) during the season – I hope so!!!! If so it will be spilling over the balcony and I know too that my neighbors will enjoy the view too.
Timeless information in the gardening series of cards packaged with cigarettes back in the day. The front of the card has a beautiful illustration, actually resembles the picture of Clematis alpina which I planted this year. Click on the images for a full view:
George Jackman is the man behind ‘Jackmanii’
One of the most popular and known clematis cultivars is – Clematis ‘Jackmanii.’ It was introduced in 1862, and was the first of the modern large-flowered hybrid clematises of gardens. It is a climber with large violet-purple blooms, still among the most familiar climbers seen in gardens. This is the cultivar shown in the Dirt Guy’s video below. It was produced from crosses made by the prominent nurseryman George Jackman (1837–1887), of Jackman & Sons, Woking, Surrey.
C. ‘Jackmanii’ arose from crosses made in 1858 between Clematis lanuginosa, the red form of C. viticella, and an earlier garden hybrid, Clematis × hendersonii, which the new hybrid eclipsed. The spectacular success of ‘Jackmanii’ encouraged Jackman & Sons to introduce a series of clematis hybrids, although none of these ousted ‘Jackmanii’ from favour. Jackman also produced a monograph, The Clematis as a Garden Flower (with T. Moore, 1872), which he dedicated to H.S.H. Princess Mary, Duchess of Teck, as the clematis was one of her favourite flowers.
Caring for your Clematis
I really like the dirt farmer guy (link to his site at the bottom of the page), he has a lot of videos (not geared to the balcony but a lot are still very relevant) – he explains everything thoroughly and simply about clematis in the following video and he answers questions too:
Pruning your Clematis plant
The following page groups the plants in 4 categories and gives instructions for each group:
How to take cuttings (propagate)
You can also get a lot of facts about Clematis on the Royal Horticultural Society’s site:
American Clematis Association was disbanded in 2011
Beautiful illustrations of clematis vines
Both of the illustrations shown here are in the public domain: