To have healthy bloomers, keep in mind that clematis are heavy feeders. Compost is great, but I also like to add an extended release 10-10-10 fertilizer. Osmocote makes one and so does Miracle Grow.
And when you're speaking of clematis and springtime, you're also talking pruning. Be sure to look up the pruning class and then place the class number or letter on your plant label so you don't need to look them up again next year.
Below, why I love clematis:
Early in my gardening years, I did not label my plants. Consequently, I cannot tell you the name of this clematis.
Another unknown purple
Name unknown, in a friend's yard
She's my favorite; can you see why?
Two unknown clematis share a trelllis.
'Comtesse de Bouchaud'
Relaxing in my summer garden last year
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