Clematis Flower Vines - Information and Photos

Beautiful Purple Clematis Flowers

I just love how beautiful these flowers are.  They are real show stoppers in the garden.
I just love how beautiful these flowers are. They are real show stoppers in the garden. | Source

White with Pink Clematis Flower

This clematis stands out from some of the others here in that it is white with some pink or lavender in it.
This clematis stands out from some of the others here in that it is white with some pink or lavender in it. | Source

The Beautiful Clematis Flower Vine

The climbing clematis vine is a truly beautiful plant. While it can take a few years for the plant to reach maturity, it is well worth the wait. Once established and mature, the amazing density of the flowers, like a wall of color is truly something to behold. It doesn't mean you have to wait for any blooms, but for the full blown version of what the plant will become can just take a while. In the mean time, you will get some blooms here and there.

It can take about 7 years or so to get to full maturity. It is long lived as well, which is a real plus for the gardener. One of the other great points is that when it does bloom, it will bloom for most of the summer. So many amazing flowers out there have a relatively short blooming period. This one will reward you well.

Showy Clematis Blooms

These clematis flowers seem to be very happy on what is likely a very mature plant.  I hope to grow some just like this one day, but am content to see them when I can for now.
These clematis flowers seem to be very happy on what is likely a very mature plant. I hope to grow some just like this one day, but am content to see them when I can for now. | Source

My First Clematis Flower

This purple clematis flower was my first attempt at growing them.  Isn't it a pretty purple?  I just love it.
This purple clematis flower was my first attempt at growing them. Isn't it a pretty purple? I just love it. | Source

Different Varieties of Clematis

There are a couple of highly recommended clematis flowers out there. One is the Clematis Jackmanii, which is a purple variety. Another is more of a blue variety, a light blue, and is called Ramona. There is a white flowered one called Candidissima. It would be so lovely to grow a couple different varieties together.

Another variety that is a real beauty is the Capitaine Thuilleaux. Each flower petal has white on the outer edges, with an almost hot pink or more like a magenta in the center of each petal. It is very pretty. Nelly Moser and Teksa are also very pretty.

If you have a favorite clematis or one you are trying out, I would love to hear about it below in the comments section.


Clematis Blooms - My Favorite

I love these gorgeous clematis blooms, and think these particular ones may be my favorite of the ones shown here.
I love these gorgeous clematis blooms, and think these particular ones may be my favorite of the ones shown here. | Source

Deep Purple Clematis Bloom

I truly love this purple against the green.
I truly love this purple against the green. | Source

Where to plant clematis in the garden

Clematis like to have their leaves in the sun, but their roots in the shade. When this is the case, you will get a very happy clematis! Sometimes though, it can be tough to have a spot that meets these needs of clematis.

One thing you can do is to plant them in full sun, or half day sun, but just really mulch the soil around them. You can use bark chips, like pine bark chips, and make the depth about 2 inches or so. If you do this though, make sure you leave about 2 inches of area around the stems, without mulch. If you don't, other problems can arise. In that spot, you can put other flowers in as fillers that like shade. Ones that come to mind are begonias or impatiens. These will continue to keep direct sunlight off of the root area of clematis. This way, you have an attractive garden area while you wait.

Gorgeous Clematis Flowers

Look at the center of this clematis flower, it looks like a piece of art!
Look at the center of this clematis flower, it looks like a piece of art! | Source

How To Grow Clematis Flower Vines

One of the most important things to remember when planting clematis is to provide a support for it immediately. You want the support in place as they are climbers. Often a clematis is sold with a little support of some kind. I used such a support once, but it wasn't tall enough for long term, and my clematis vine quickly had nowhere else to go and I believe is suffered for it, as it had nothing else to climb. The growth could be great, but will then decline if they have nothing to grow on. So you can see the importance of this.

The method of planting these flowers is pretty standard, but it is always a good idea to plant just as the directions explain. When planting, some use a netting for support, even with a more sturdy support. You can grow clematis near fences or a porch. You just need it to be very sturdy. One thing to keep in mind as well, is that it is normal for a new clematis to grow narrow and straight upward its first year. It will be a tall and narrow growth habit and they can reach from 8 to 10 feet tall! This is where my plant likely struggled the first time as I wasn't aware of this.

Purple Clematis Flowers

I hope to get some that are this rich purple one day.  They are stunning I think!
I hope to get some that are this rich purple one day. They are stunning I think! | Source

Caring for Established Clematis Plants

When your clematis becomes more mature, the care is really fairly simple. In spring, you can prune back any damaged stems that might have struggled through the winter, etc. Some people use a fertilizer, like 5-10-5, and put that in or on the soil before adding mulch or other annuals. You want to keep this kind of fertilizer away from the actual stems of the clematis to avoid "burning" it. Or you can put the fertilizer on top and with watering, it will go down into the soil.

Some of the types of staking or support I have seen used include porch rails, or wooden trellises, netting stapled to fences, and more. In a garden with a pretty set of benches or trellis, these would be so beautiful. The blooms are just so showy and eyecatching.

Clematis Flowers - Poll

Do you like Clematis flowers?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Undecided
  • Some other answer
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Clematis Vine Trailing up a Pretty Trellis and Bench

This was found in a Victorian Garden, and the structure was a combination trellis and bench.  Being black, it looked very classy but with the clematis it was just beautiful.
This was found in a Victorian Garden, and the structure was a combination trellis and bench. Being black, it looked very classy but with the clematis it was just beautiful. | Source

Growing Clematis Flowers Poll

Have you ever grown clematis flowers?

  • Yes I have grown clematis flowers, and will in the future
  • No, I have never grown them and don't plan to
  • Yes I have, but won't probably grow them again
  • No, and I don't plan to. I enjoy seeing them though.
  • Some other answer
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WriterJanis 2 years ago from California

What a beautiful flower. I can just imagine how pretty these would look in a garden and how nice they would be to have blooming here during the summer.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I like this flower it looks so pretty and has a unique color. Interesting facts of this climber.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What a lovely hub and your photos are stunning. I'm going to find out if we have this climber in South Africa but I'm almost sure we have. Do they come in different colours maybe?


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Lilleyth 2 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I've always admired other people's clematis, but have never grown them. Beautiful photos.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Janis, they really do stand out in a garden. Thank you for your comment.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello DDE, glad you liked the information and the color of the flowers here. I appreciate your comment, thank you!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Nadine, yes they do come in more colors, but not a whole lot of different ones like some flowers. I have seen them all variations of pinks, whites, and purples and blues. Many hues and designs within those colors, and even a deeper red or burgundy one. Thank you for the comment and for stopping by!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Lilleyth, I hear you, and have mostly done that myself. I hope to successfully grow more of the different colors in the future, while giving them more room to climb high. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Gorgeous photos and a nice review of this beautiful flower.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Peg, I just love clematis flowers, I think they are gorgeous and eye catching. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and view my pictures and hub, I really appreciate it! Have a great day.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

You sure do have some beautiful photos in your own collection and you are very knowledgeable about clematis. I really like them, but I would be afraid to plant them in case in case they create a cover of foliage that houses critters of the six and eight-legged variety. I am glad you are so brave. One of my friends is, too, and she has more than 50 varieties of clematis in her gorgeous British Columbia garden. Voting way up and sharing. Also Pinning this onto my clematis board.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Pamela, wow, 50 varieties? I can only imagine what that would look like when they were in bloom, how amazing! Thank you so much for your comment and kind words, votes and pinning. I sometimes forget about pinning on Pinterest and ought to utilize that more. So glad for a fellow clematis lover, but also understand not wanting to create a home for the critters you mentioned. Fair point!

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