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Shrub Clematis: General Information

Shrub/bush clematis are small but robust and frost hardy. They were developed as ground covers and can be planted at the base of the facade. Bush clematis are also interesting for wall greening, especially on smaller sunny wall surfaces or as companions for other climbing plants that bare at their base, like roses. They are all robust and unaffected by clematis wilt. FassadenGrün offers three varieties.


All locations are good for shrub clematis, but sunny locations especially - unlike many other clematis. Depending on the variety they are more or less suitable for potting. In spring, keep the planting zone clear and protect the plant from snails. When the shoots are 30 cm high the root area shoot be shaded. It is important to get plants that already have a well developed rootstock. Distance between plants: 0.3 - 0.8 metres.

Characteristics and Pruning

This rambler has no tendrils. As with all bush-like flowers, the shrub clematis is cut down right above the ground each year; new shoots will grow from the rootstock, and every year the plant gets larger and bushier.

Climbing Aids for the Facade

Shrub clematis can be guided on facades with a climbing aid. However, they don't twine around the cables as most other clematis would, and need to be woven with other climbing plants or attached with binding material. Wire rope trellises should be installed very low.

Suitable wire rope trellis

Click on the image to see wich designs are adapted as a growing aid for mandevillas.

Wire rope trellises for bush clematis

Please click on the graphics to see a detailed view of each design!

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