Pruning Clematis Montana
I am replacing a leaky old shed with a potting shed in the Autumn.
When we arrived at my present house 7 years ago, I disguised the old shed with two Clematis Montana and sure enough they have covered it, beautifully.
The usual pruning time I believe is after flowering, which I don't do as the birds like to nest in the clematis during spring and summer. I usually just tidy up the end growth late in the year.
So my problem is that the stems are quite thick near the base and I want to retain the clematis and train some leaders around the sides(away from the window) and over the top of the new shed if possible.
Would this kill the plants? or should I replant with new specimens? Yes I know that clematis are not planted in the same area as before or is this untrue?
Thanks in anticipation.