The Clematis vine is a big favorite with gardeners due to the rich colors, varied bloom times, and its climbing ability. On the whole, this genus is not typically very fragrant, but as the vines produce masses of blossoms, the air around them can be quite aromatic. They are a butterfly favorite, but shunned by deer.
Clematis plants, pronounced kleh-MAT-tis, bear both single and double blooms, with many varieties producing flowers as big as your hand! They are also very long-lived, so make sure to plant where you will be happy with them year after year; some vines have been growing and blooming in excess of 80 years! The rule when planting Clematis is: ‘Their feet in the shade and their heads in the sun.' Clematis should be mulched well and they benefit greatly from being fed monthly with a complete organic fertilizer. Read this article for Clematis Pruning Tips.