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Clematis montana

Clematis montana are one of the best clematises for facade greening and are a group with many cultivars. They are robust, resistant to clematis wilt, grow quickly, and cover large wall areas with their dense foliage. Their flowers are beautiful, even when compared with the clematis hybrids and their large flowers. Sadly, the flowers will all open almost simultaneously, which limits flowering to only three weeks of the year.

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("Polish Spirit" is either a clematis viticella or a clematis x jackmannii)

Clematis montana, variety- Rubens
Clematis montana, variety- Rubens

Requirements / Price

The location can be sunny to partially-shaded, the soil should be humus-rich, fresh, and well-drained. The base should be in shade. Distance between plants: 2 - 5 metres. >>> Price

Characteristics and Pruning

Clematis Montana are leaf tendril ('petiole') climbers. Growth vigour is moderate to strong, also exhibits  overhanging/cascading growth. Foliage lasts from May to October; leaf colour can be very dark for certain varieties, plant can grow up to 10 metres in height. The colour of the flowers depends on the cultivar; most of them range from white to dark pinkish-red. Flowering period (in April) is rather short, the seed capsules beautiful and delicate. The wilted leaves don't detach easily. Prune according to "pruning group 1"-- do not cut in winter, but thin out some shoots after the flowering. The species is robust and disease-free, but in large plants, the base tends to defoliate and become bare.

Climbing Aids for the Facade

The trellis should be tightly arranged with a 30 to 50 cm grid. If you don't plan on pruning the plant regularly, the grid spaces can be even larger, as the main function of the trellis is to hold the trunk of the plant. See below for the appropriate cable systems. The easy (basic and basic-s) designs are strong enough, but the medium design range allows for better development of the plant. If the trellis is high, the heavy / massive design should be considered.

Suitable Wire Rope Trellis?

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Vigorous clematis montana in summer, after the flowering

Vigorous clematis montana in summer, after the flowering

Wire rope trellis with clematis

Clematis montana in bloom

Clematis montana as a facade plant
Clematis montana with a cable system on a house wall
Clematis flowers in April
Clematis flowers in early spring

Suitable wire rope trellises for clematis montana

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= suitable         = sometimes suitable       = not suitable