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Spalding area gardener Mark Cox, of Baytree, shares how he cares for his clematis at this time of year

Over the next coming weeks our gardens are going to become more and more important to us, they will be our calm space from the storm and they will allow us to keep things in perspective and reassure us all that we will make it through the current crisis the world finds itself in.

With that in mind I am just going to carry on with working in my garden and enjoy the warming sun on my back.

In the next few weeks as the ground slowly warms Clematis, Honeysuckles and Climbing Roses will be sending out new fresh growth that will need tying into something.

A beautiful clematis (32317234)
A beautiful clematis (32317234)


Tying this new growth to something firm and stable will support the plant and will allow you the opportunity to train the plant to grow in a way in which you find visually pleasing.

Clematis is a great versatile plant that can grow over trees and through shrubs and generally create extra interest in the garden throughout the garden season.

Avoid choosing fast vigorously growing varieties of Clematis if you want to keep the plant in one area as it will soon grow out of control.

I’m going to plant a couple of new Summer Flowering Clematis this next week and I want to grow them outside my back door, I have a little patio area which catches the afternoon and evening sun.

There’s a fairly plain white wall that I’d really like to cover and add some interest too.

A quick trip to any garden centre should see you able to pick up a width of garden trellis to form the frame that the Clematis will grow up.

A little bit of DIY will be required in order to secure the wooden trellis to the wall.

It’s important to make sure that when you attach the trellis to the wall that you place spacers behind the trellis in order for the trellis to be about 2.5cm/1inch away from the wall.

The best way to do this is to secure two pieces of baton at either end of the trellis.

This space will allow the Clematis to climb over and through the holes in the trellis.

So that’s it for this week, my trellis is now in place for my Clematis to be planted against.

When the ground warms I’ll dig the soil over underneath the trellis and remove and weeds as I go along.

I’ll turn my plants out of their pots and dig a hole deep enough for the top of the root ball to be 5-8cm/2-3inches below the top of the soil.

I’ll back fill and firm into place then give a gentle water to say welcome home.

This is the bit I enjoy as I weave the clematis stems and shoots in and around the trellis in whatever direction I feel like. These shoots are delicate so please take care not to damage the plant when you do it.

I’ll repeat this process until all of my plants have been planted and coaxed into place on the trellis.

If you need to, you can use a soft jute twine to secure the climbing shoots against the trellis but again don’t tie these too tightly.

Keep safe everyone and carry on enjoying your garden.

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