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for north facing walls
montana f. grandiflora as ground
clematis in open woodland
you suggest three or four easy-to-grow clematis
- species and cultivars for a sheltered north-facing
wall. I am a not an experienced gardener?
All alpina, macropetala and tangutica
types and the following large-flowered cultivars,
'Bees Jubilee', 'Carnaby', 'Dr Ruppel', 'Guernsey
Cream', 'Hagley Hybrid', and 'Henryi' will
grow happily on a north-facing wall. In fact, the
flower colour is best preserved when not exposed
to bright sunshine.
it possible to grow a Clematis montana f. grandiflora
as a ground cover under a very old pine tree?
I have a large expanse of land under the pine
Montanas can be used as ground cover
but naturally prefer to climb. Before planting
any plant under the canopy of the branches of a
tree water the area thoroughly. Furthermore, ensure
that plenty of water is available to the clematis
after planting. It is a good idea to plant the
montana at some distance away from the tree, and
train the vines in to cover the bare area under
the tree. A chicken wire mesh pegged down to the
ground will help as the montana grows away. Do
remember the plant needs light to give a good account
of itself. Otherwise the resultant growths will
am interested in planting some clematis in farmland
( with permission obviously ). Before I carry
this idea any further, I would like to know if
they are toxic to sheep or cattle.
Clematis are a member of the ranuculacea
family (buttercups) - many members of this family
are highly toxic, much more so than clematis. The
members of this family produce ranunculin which,
when eaten/ chewed produces protoanemonin (which
is the toxic part). Therefore, Clematis (and buttercups
and other members of the ranunculacea family) are
toxic to most mammals when eaten in large enough
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