Visions of vines thriving in the sun drew a dozen people to Landon's Greenhouse and Nursery over the weekend, where Rick Schmidt, who manages the perennials, which are plants that re-seed from year to year, talked about what's new and hot for spring.
Among his topics were: when and how to plant the vines, clematis, honeysuckle and kiwi; as well as new varieties that will be available at the greenhouse in time for spring planting. He cautioned his listeners to not plant outside until May, but said plants can be started now, indoors.
He said the good news about clematis is that they're pretty tough plants. Typically, he said, a vining plant grows on all types of fences and even stone walls, but clematis also comes in varieties that make good ground cover. He said they can be planted in the garden most any month the soil can be worked up, and an established plant will live for years with regular care. They're sun lovers, he said, so thrive best where they'll receive five to six hours of sunlight a day.
He said vines can be planted as late as September and October, and depending on the variety will bloom from late spring into fall. Some varieties will grow up to 30 feet tall. As part of his talk, he also presented techniques for planting and pruning, and offered suggestions like planting multiple varieties together to create a mixed bed of colors.