clematis vine on trellis

clematis vine growing on hydrangea bushTo say this clematis is an active grower would be an understatement.  Every year I cut it back aggressively, and every year it come back, plus more. I no longer worry about being careful in trimming during the summers.  It gets trimmed when and where needed.  This is not necessarily a delicate plant.

While the seeds and petals make a mess, the vine itself makes a great privacy screen during the summer.  It becomes covered in small white flowers which insects seem to like.  This would make a great screen, cover or addition to your garden if you have the room or are willing to trim it weekly.

Not all clematis flowers are the same color.  Here is a great collection of varieties.