Climbing Clematis Plants

Plant Clematis Seeds for Climbing Blooms

Long-lived and eager to bloom, clematis is just made for twining up and over the mailbox, threading through a fence and decorating your finest trellises and arbors. There is an old saying about clematis' growth rate: The first year they sleep, the second year they creep and the third year they leap. A woody perennial with a vining habit, it takes a year or two to make itself at home in your garden, but then grows and blooms magnificently for decades.

While some clematis will grow the size that covers a mailbox, there are other clematis that will grow up and over the pergola. Another factor to consider when choosing your clematis is when it will bloom. While some clematis will be covered in blooms all summer, there are autumn clematis that explode with flowers in the late summer or early fall.

Clematis is sold as a plant. Clematis seeds can take up to three years to germinate, which is not practical for most gardeners. That’s why we grow them for you!

Another great option is pairing your clematis with climbing roses. The clematis will twine around the rose canes and both will flower together in the early summer. During the heat of mid-summer, the clematis will take the prime role and then, in fall, the rose will pick up again for breathtaking color. Let the clematis stand alone in any sunny garden spot or even a patio container as a vertical display of blooms! Remember that clematis likes its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. In other words, keep the roots shaded with plantings in front of it, such as a low-growing evergreen, but allow the flowering vines to be in full sun.