Shrub Clematis: General Information

Bush clematis are small, robust and frost hardy. Usually used as ground covers, they are great when planted at the base of a facade. 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. All cultivars are robust and unaffected by clematis wilt. FassadenGrün offers three varieties.

To Thrive...

Shrub clematis is not particular about location, but they do love sunny spots - unlike many other clematis. More or less suitable for potting, depending on the variety. Keep the planting zone clear and protect from snails in spring. When the plant reaches 30 cm in height (ideally before), provide shade at the base of the plant. For optimal growth, choose 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 also be grown directly on facades with a climbing aid. However, they won't climb and twine the cables like other clematis would, and need to be trained on to the support by hand, woven in with other climbing plants or attached with binding material. If the shrub clematis is all you are training on the wall, install the rire rope trellises low.


Suitable wire rope trellis

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Wire rope trellises for bush clematis

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