Sue Strong from Northwest Arkansas, focuses on compact varieties of clematis, which add a unique charm to pots and trellises throughout her garden.
“This year has been a hectic gardening year for me here in NW Arkansas. I added over 30 new varieties of daylilies to my beds (will submit pictures next year) and over a dozen new varieties of clematis, most of which are the newer, compact forms. With few structures, 10 feet or taller on which to display the older and taller varieties, I have moved to shorter clematis that can be grown in pots, on small trellises and pillars, or allowed to trail along the ground. They can enhance and beautify a small piece of garden architecture and are a perfect example of “bigger is not always better”. I have found that a light pruning after their initial bloom leads to a better late-season bloom (whether they belong to pruning Group 2 or 3). I currently have over 64 clematis plants and 41 varieties, and I am compiling my 2018 “Wish List”. The clematis pictured here, were planted last year.”
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