1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

‘Elizabeth’ Clematis

Clematis montana ‘Elizabeth’

Soft pink flowers with a vanilla scent, these vigorous growers are probably the easiest to grow.  Covered in May and June with a profusion of 3-inch pink flowers, this cultivar is the most fragrant of all the montanas, and in full bloom the surrounding air is filled with sweet vanilla fragrance. New foliage emerges bronze and changes to green in early summer. Can eventually reach 40′. Blooms on new wood; prune immediately after flowering. Pruning type 1.

This group of clematis produces flowers directly from old stems, therefore pruning must not be done until right after all flowering has been completed. Prune this group by removing all dead and weak stems immediately after flowering. Large established plants over 15 feet are normally not pruned, especially if they are growing in trees. All stems at this time should be tied into position on their trellis or other support. If the Clematis has outgrown the space the correct and only time to prune to size is right after flowering. After pruning new growth will begin, and these will be the stems for next year’s flowers.

The best time to plant clematis is spring, summer, or early fall in a location of 5-6 hours of sunlight.

Clematis roots are long and run deep and like it cool and damp, but not soggy. Plant annuals, perennials, or a low-growing shrub to shade roots, and mulch the ground around the base of the clematis to keep the soil and roots cool and moist.

Stake vine toward a trellis to train the plant to its permanent support.

Keep your clematis well watered, do not let it dry out. In years to come always soak once a week in dry weather.

Feed twice a year with organic fertilizer or compost.

Prune your clematis the first Spring after planting, back to 10-12″. This is very important to get your plant off to low branching and heavier flowering over the whole clematis vine.

With proper care, clematis vines will provide enjoyment for many years!

• Grow on all types of fences and stone walls.
• Train to grow up a tree trunk, tree stumps or rock pile.
• Use as a ground cover.
• Frame openings around porches and other entrances.
• Grow up unsightly utility and light poles.
• Screen unwanted views.
• Grow along with another climbing vine.
• Grow clematis in a container on a trellis or other support.
• Clematis can be planted in the garden most any month the soil can be worked up.
• An established clematis will live for years with normal care.