A clematis must be the most unpredictable plant in creation.
Yeah, yeah, I know all about the "head in the sun, feet in the shade" rule, but they like messing with my head. I've planted a couple in what I thought would be the ideal place, nurtured them for years and gotten maybe one blossom every other year.
I've moved them to other spots in the garden to see if I can get better results and occasionally I've hit the clematis flower jackpot.
This is my Comtesse de Bouchard and she loves it by my front porch. And I love having her there.
By all standards, this place should be too shady for her. I don't prune, fertilize or fuss--she does this all on her own.
But I'll take the credit if you insist.