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Clematis armandii

Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81

I've just bought a fairly mature clematis armandii (it's almost 2m high). I have a garden that gets around 6 hours sun in the summer (early morning to mid afternoon). I was thinking of planting it against a fence that would mean it was shaded all the time at the bottom (first 1.5m or so) but the top would be in sun (as the fence is part trellis). I think this is a good set up for most clematis but I'm concerned that it won't get enough sun considering it likes lots of sun and only the top would be in partial sun? By the way, I think I have a south-east facing garden if that helps.

I could plant it in another part of the garden potentially, but I'd like to plant by the fence ideally.



  • Mine is very happy on a south facing fence and I am quite brutal with pruning it. I don't protect the roots and it was planted before I knew about the deep root thing. It's been in about six years and flowers twice a year.


    I brutally prune it cos it is a thug. It is supported on a home made aluminium trellis as it quietly dismantled a wooden one!


    I know that they are a bit notorious for looking healthy and then suddenly snuffing it!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    Mine doesn't die but bits of it die back in cold winters, leaving dead bits way up a tree. I can't get to cut them off and they look bad. When do you do your brutality act Steve?

    Mine is south facing but shaded  by a large tree Kai, it flowers well if it's not damaged in winter. Sometimes it looks almost ready to flower in midwinter, then it goes brown 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • To be honest I just hack it back after it flowers in the spring. When it is warm enough for me to be out there!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    Thanks Steve, that's what mine needs, a regular haircut. Then I'd be able to reach any dead bits when they happenimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • I'm in the South East tho.

  • Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81

    Thanks guys. Steve, brutally pruning it is apparently frowned up according to what I've read so really glad to hear that I can take all that advice with a bit of a pinch of salt as my other worry was how vigorous it will get!


    Nutcutlet - when you say it is shaded, do you mean it gets dappled shade, rather than any of it being in sun?

  • Depends if brutal is defined as chopping off anything that goes in a direction I don't like or back to about four feet high after it flowers in Spring...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    There's a huge conifer to the south of it. It does get some sun though.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hello kai - I have one on a NNE facing wall planted in a big pot. It only gets the morning sun and it flowers twice a year. It's only 3-4 years old and I have only ever lightly pruned it after summer flowering. image

  • Kai_63Kai_63 Posts: 81
    What I read suggested not cutting right back and only lightly pruning after flowering. I can live with that though.

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