Sweet Autumn Clematis
|Description||This handsome climbing vine displays billowy masses of fragrant flowers against leathery dark green leaves. Grows rapidly in warm temperatures with twining stems that quickly cover fences, arbors, and sheds. Flowers emerge late summer to fall, followed by silvery seed heads. Excellent for a fall accent and cut flowers. Deciduous.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water deeply when top inch of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Late Summer into Fall|
|Mature Size||Fast growing, twining stems reach 20 ft. tall, with support.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Ground Cover|
|Design Ideas||This assertive grower makes a good screen on a trellis for hiding the potting bench or trash cans. (You would never guess what's behind such a beautiful vine!) It should be planted where you can admire the fragrant autumn flowers and silvery seed heads that follow.|
|Companion Plants||Japanese Maple (Acer); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)|
|Care||Thrives in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, with roots sheltered and top growth in the sun. Mulch soil surface to conserve moisture. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Hard prune and fertilize in early spring. Provide support of a trellis or arbor.|
|Lore||A prolific grower and bloomer, sweet autumn clematis has the ability to produce many seed heads and prolifically reseed. This allows it to quickly naturalize in some southern states, if left unchecked. However, when properly maintained, this vine can be a welcome asset to the garden, providing fast coverage and blooms at a time of year when little else is of interest.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9
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