Sweet Autumn Clematis: A Fall Blooming Beauty. Tips for growing, supporting, and pruning sweet autumn clematis.
Back in the late spring, I mentioned in passing that I wanted to plant a Sweet Autumn Clematis in my back yard garden that runs along my neighbor’s fence. I never got around to it but it turns out that for once, my procrastination paid off. My neighbor, Betsy, planted one in her yard a few years ago and early in the summer, she threw it over the fence so I could enjoy it too.
Sweet Autumn lives up to its name by beginning to bloom in late August, and continues all the way through September. The leaves are very dark green so the tiny white blossoms appear to pop right off the vines.
Sweet Autumn Clematis Growing Tips
- They like a little shade: Sweet Autumn is hardy in growing zones 5 through 10 and can take the sun…but they thrive and bloom profusely if they get just a bit of shade.
- They need a strong support: This particular clematis takes off in the second or third year and just goes crazy. It is sometimes referred to as being invasive (although I wouldn’t go that far.) A fence or very strong trellis will work best.
- Don’t prune until after it blooms: Betsy has never cut back our clematis. That could be why the blooms are so spectacular this year. If you do choose to cut back your Sweet Autumn, make sure and do it in late fall, after it blooms. Very early spring would work too but make sure to prune before any new, green shoots appear.
As you can see in the first picture at the top of the post, I have three clematis plants along the fence…and only one is mine! I hope to even things up in the spring by planting at least one more and sharing it with Betsy.
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This will probably be my last gardening post until next year. I’m getting ready to cut back my perennials, store away my pots and put my garden to bed for the winter. Looking back, it was a good summer. A bit quiet but restful too. We had enough rain to keep the grass green and I had a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes. All in all, a success.
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