Q. Can climbing vines such as clematis be used as ground cover
Dear Arts Can all clmbing vines such as clematis be used as ground cover or do they need gravity to climb up something in order to grow? Thank you.
A.Yes, most climbing vines can be used as groundcovers. As they can get a little unruly, you will have to spend some time making sure they grow in the directions you actually want them to grow in. Also bear in mind that many climbing vines are deciduous and will go dormant in the cool season. Many also need to be cut back next season to encourage healthy growth and flowering. It would be best to consider climbing vines as seasonal groundcovers. The obvious exception may be something like Ivy, though you may want to think long and hard before introducing a vigorous Ivy into your garden!
Posted: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM
Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Tags: groundcovers, climbing vines, clematis