Clematis for west facing wall

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  1. lily

    lily Active Member 10 Years

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    Can someone please suggest a clematis that would grow on a west facing wall? It gets morning sun until around noon and sun the rest of the day. I am looking for a cream or white color.

    1. Which type is best for southern BC or does it matter?

    2. When is the best time to plant?

    Thank you for your suggestions.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Any will do if of right mature size and flower color - as long as you keep the root zone cool and moist with stones or low shrubs. How big do you want it to get? Evergreen or deciduous?
     
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    lily Active Member 10 Years

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    Thanks Ron,
    I'm not sure about the size. My trellis is about out 8'Lx6W'. I think an evergreen would be great.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    If hardy there Clematis x cartmannii cultivars or similar forms that have been on local market recent years (haven't kept track or tried to sort them out) would probably be in scale for some time.

    I see Clearview's Home of Clematis web site - http://www.homeofclematis.net/ - is showing C. x cartmannii 'Joe' as being quite tender but I have seen similar plants offered under different names down here - and similar plants have been growing in some Seattle gardens (haven't looked at any of them after this last winter). Similar dense profusion of smallish anemone-like flowers as C. montana but on a less-than-huge evergreen vine with lacey leaves. Don't know which of the ones living for at least a time here are 'Joe' and which, if any of these are another.

    http://www.homeofclematis.net/cartmanii.html

    Otherwise you are left with one of the somewhat inconspicuous and curious C. cirrhosa forms - and of course the coarse-textured and vigorous C. armandii, which requires regular pruning and training to make a small attractive specimen in a confined space.
     
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    Thanks so much Ron for the links and your ideas on this. I'll go and check out those sites now. Much appreciated.
     

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