Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Grow Great Crematis

Back on June 1, I mentioned that my Ramblin Red Climbing Roses were starting to bloom. I can now say they are at their peak and are nothing short of absolutely spectacular this year. Like I mentioned before, the metal gazebo has been completely covered with these beauties.

Next to my house, I have some of the same type of roses planted with purple clematis mixed in.

The contrast of the rich red of the roses and the deep purple of the clematis make a rather regal combination. The key to growing great clematis is slightly alkaline soil that is rich in organic matter with good drainage, full sun to just a little shade and good mulch such as wood chips to keep the roots cool. With minimal care they will give you years of color.

Enjoy the day.