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climbers whilst clematis get going

berardeberarde Posts: 108
I've had trellis put up on one side of the garden above the height of a stone wall. I put in some clematis in the autumn and plan to put in some more. I see they take the first year to establish , so wonder if there is anything to put in to fill for the next year. Tender things don't survive here even planting out well into June. In the past I've tried ipomoea and thunbergia (optimism!), but they have either died or managed no more than a foot. 



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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    It would really just be annuals that would work @berarde. Anything else more permanent will just compete with the clematis.
    Difficult to be more accurate without knowing all the details of the plants you have in place already etc.
    Sweet peas would probably be the best solution. You can sow direct in spring, depending on your conditions,  or in March [or thereabouts] in small pots for planting out later. I do three to a small pot and the whole potful can then be planted into their final position later on when weather conditions are favourable for growth. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • If you plant any of the Viticella group clematis now, they will reach full height by June or July next year, provided they are full size plants.  What have you planted ?
  • berardeberarde Posts: 108
    Thank you for your replies; I have tangutica, alpina, tibetana atragene. I've also moved a "light Blue" early large flowered from a pot (and I'd been wrongly pruning it as a hard pruning) and am looking at Niobe , I can't find the group names for these last two. My neighbour suggested a Canary Creeper as an easy annual
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