Plant of the week: Clematis Montana

Clematis Montana
Clematis Montana
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Many claim they have little success growing clematis.

But if they tried C montana rubens they’d probably have another problem – keeping it under control.

It is very pretty and full of flowers – but very vigorous. In free-draining oil and a sunny spot it will leap away, producing masses of clinging tendrils.

It is brilliant for clothing eyesores and clambering through trees, but on a house wall or in a well-kept garden it needs cutting back hard once it’s finished flowering.