Exploding Myths about Clematis

There are but two. One states that a clematis likes its feet in the shade and its head in the sun. It is not the shade that the roots require, it is the water that lies in the shade. If clematis are given adequate watering and adequate mulching they will flower in full sun. A second myth states that clematis enjoy an alkaline soil which comes from the observation that they flourish in chalk soil. It is not the alkalinity, however, that encourages the clematis, rather it is that chalk holds deposits of water and this is what the plant is after. Given water it will flourish in any soil as long as there are no extremes of acidity or alkalinity.

See: Howells, J. The Rose and The Clematis as Good Companions. P.43.


For more clematis information by John Howells click the highlighted titles below.

John Howells' Work on Stem Rot (Clematis Wilt)

Howells' Gardeners' Classification of Clematis

Pruning the Twelve Groups of Clematis

Round the Year Care of Clematis

Five Ways of Combining Roses and Clematis

Twelve Easy Combinations of Roses and Clematis

Pronouncing Clematis

Clematis for North Facing Walls

A Brief History of Clematis

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