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A Super Climbing Duo with Clematis montana and Wisteria

Plant combinations

Clematis montana, Clematis grandiflora, Wisteria, Wisteria sinensis, Chinese wisteria, Combining clematis

The combination of these two delightfully fragrant climbers creates interesting interplays of color, shape and texture.

The small, charming, soft pink flowers of Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ provide a lovely contrast when mixed with the mauve, hanging tresses of Wisteria sinensis (Chinese Wisteria). Blooming their heart out in late spring to early summer, both these climbing vines provide interest after flowering is over, thanks to the seedheads left by the passing clematis flowers and the long velvety, bean-like pods left by the wisteria.

Clematis and Wisteria can be perfect companions. They can happily share the same arch or trellis, both reaching for the sun. When combined, they often look many times more beautiful than on a standalone basis. However, make sure you match the vigor of your clematis to that of its climbing partner. 

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Clematis montana var. rubens ‘Pink Perfection’ (Montana Group)
Clematis montana var. grandiflora (Montana Group)
Wisteria sinensis ‘Jako’ (Chinese Wisteria)
Wisteria sinensis ‘Prolific’ (Chinese Wisteria)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 6 - 9
Climate Zones 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage
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