THE CLIMBING QUEEN
Never fails: when you ask someone to describe their favorite climbing vine, they describe Clematis. Even when they don’t know the name. You can’t beat this climber for its commitment to filling arbors, trellises, fence and mailbox posts and empty spaces with pretty and fragrant starbursts of rich pink, red, blue, purple or creamy white. Pruning tip for best results: after you bring your Clematis home, prune in early spring, back to the lowest healthy buds from the previous year. From then on, simply prune to control size and shape.
One more thing: Sweet Autumn Clematis was the 2021 Perennial Association Perennial of the year, and you’ll love that it’s easy to grow, blooms early summer to frost with tiny, fragrant white flowers and foliage that has a slight minty fragrance. I’ve added some to my dinner table for a charming addition that resembles baby’s breath.