A sunny location certainly does not primarily come to mind for the hobby gardener if he wants to settle a clematis in the garden. Despite all this, there are quite a few sun-loving clematis. You can find out here which species and varieties have a sunny disposition.
Clematis that love the Sun
Native to the wooded regions of Texas, Clematis texensis has adapted well to sunny conditions. A sunny location is therefore suitable for this clematis and all the varieties that have emerged from it.
This is where the summer bloomers unfold their blossom magic from June to October. Some of the most beautiful representatives of this distinctive clematis group are presented below:
- Clematis texensis ‘Duchesse of Albany’: royal flair with pink-red tulip blossoms from July to September
- Clematis texensis ‘Dedication’: burgundy red flowers up to 3 meters (9 feet) high
- Clematis addisonii: a descendant of Clematis texensis with a preference for sunny locations
- Clematis crispa: a sunny location produces fantastically beautiful tulip blossoms in light purple with a ruffled edge
Unfortunately, for sun-drenched locations, clematis has the reputation of being explicitly susceptible to powdery mildew. If you want to avoid this risk, plant the spectacular Clematis texensis ‘Princess Diana’ with pink petals and white tips or Clematis texensis ‘Peveril Profusion’, which have proven to be largely resistant.
Tips for the right plants
A sunny location alone does not guarantee blooms. For a clematis to give its best, it depends on a professional planting. How to do it right:
- Always plant a clematis 7-10 centimeters (2-4 inches) deeper than it was previously in the seed pot
- A drainage made of coarse, inorganic materials at the bottom of the planting pit prevents waterlogging
- Planting the root ball at a slight angle promotes rapid rooting
A sunny location requires very special precautions for a shaded base, which every clematis loves so much. A thick layer of pine bark keeps the soil fresh and moist for longer.
Clematis texensis and its offspring thrive as summer bloomers exclusively on this year’s shoots. Since these climbing plants start from scratch every year, they are cut back heavily in autumn.
If you cut back all the tendrils close to the ground in early spring at the latest, the bloom will repeat itself once more.