Growing Climbing Plants in Containers
Many compact climbers, such as jasmine and some clematis, are well suited to living in pots. All they need is a good-sized container, suitable support and regular watering and feeding.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Water the plant well and place a layer of gravel or pebbles on top of the compost to minimize evaporation from the surface. This will also keep the roots cool and improve the appearance of the pot.
Top Tip: Choosing Clematis for Pots
Many clematis are naturally compact and flower when still small, but take care to choose the right type. To keep clematis compact, cut back the stems of summer-flowering plants, such as Clematis florida, in late winter. Leave unpruned those that flower before late spring, such as C. alpina and C. macropetala, because they bloom on the previous year's growth. You can combine complementary colored cultivars in the same pot (Image 1), or opt for just one flower-smothered plant (Image 2).
'Comtesse de Bouchaud'
florida var. flore-pleno
florida var. sieboldiana
'Ooh La La'
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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