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How to Grow Climbing Clematis in Your Garden

Clematis are not as hard to grow as you may think. They are easier to prune than you think, too! Clematis plants are among the most popular and attractive flowering vines grown in the home landscape. These plants include woody, deciduous vines as well as herbaceous and evergreen varieties. They also vary greatly among species, with different flowering forms, colors, and blooming seasons, though most bloom sometime between early spring and fall.Growing clematis successfully depends on the type chosen; however, most plants share the same basic growing requirements. Keep reading to learn more about clematis care.
Ruriokoshi How to Grow Clematis For proper care of clematis, clematis vines prefer sunny locations (at least six hours of sun needed for blooming) but the soil should be kept cool. An easy way to accomplish this is by planting some type of ground cover or shallow-rooted perennial plants around the clematis. A 2-inch layer of mulch can also be incorporated to keep the roots cool an…

The Seven Best Yellow Roses for a Cottage Garden

As roses go, it is hard to pick a favorite, but I would say I have a definite leaning toward yellow roses.  Yellow roses speak to me in the morning with their cheery “Hello Sunshine” nod. I am posting pictures of some of my favorites through the years. Some are a pure and noble yellow, some have a subtle blend of apricot and cream.  Choose your favorite.
Graham Thomas a David Austin rose Lady Hillingdon Tea Climber Golden Celebration a David Austin rose Autumn Sunset Climber Lady Banks Rambler Climbing rose Jude the Obscure a David Austin Rose Last but not least is my no name rose. I have lost the tag and forgotten the name but it is one of my best performers in the garden. Love this cheery color.

How to Care for June Roses

No other time of the year do roses bloom so profusely than the month of June.  June roses scream for attention and adoration, and we give them both in equal measure. My favorite time to walk through my garden is in the early morning right before the morning sun peaks over the fan palm to blindly scald the garden in a brilliant aura of light. The morning roses smell so sweet and beckon me to come nearer and have a peek. It leaves me with an incredible feeling of peace and serenity. Here are a few gardening tips for getting your June roses up to peak performance. I have included my favorite rose pictures.


Planting and care: Roses tend to be sun-worshippers, so choose an area where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
Getting started: Prepare your rose beds for your June roses by digging a hole larger in width and depth than the size of the root system. Combine soil with an all-purpose planting mix that’s high in nutrients and organic matter. Compost is my go-to …