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Clematis Montana

I have a (usually very floriferous) clematis montana which is about 8 years old and rambles all over my garden shed but, horror of horrors, it appears to have died!! All the leaf buds are brown and dried.  

Could anyone give me clues as to why, having survived 2 'proper' winters followed by 2 very improper summers, then a longest winter and a hottest summer, it's now given up the ghost after a mild and not particularly wet winter? image  

Thanks in advance


  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951


  • No Verdun ... it's planted on a gentle slope and is surrounded by ferns which take up any extra moisture. It has a companion clematis growing alongside which is in leaf and both plants have been happy with their situation for 8 years. As I said, our winter of 2013 here on the east coast of Scotland was mild and not particularly wet - certainly nowhere near as wet as the summers of 2011 and 2012!! 

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    Hello Sue, my friend has a clematis montanna of some age and after the very harsh winter we had a couple of years ago it seemed to have given up, but my friend wasn't prepared to chop it down, so she waited and it eventually came back, very late, but it did survive. Her's was similar to your's with the dried buds.

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