Why Clematis like Sunny Heads and Cool Feet

In the wild, clematis grows on the edge of forests where they can clamour up a tree to reach the sun. Gardeners in the know mimic these conditions to grow clematis that thrive.

Allow your clematis to climb up a support so it can get its head in the sun, but be sure to cover the root area with mulch to keep it cool and shady. Just an inch or two of bark mulch or compost patted around the base of the plant works wonders.