Originally published 5/30/2011
Clematis are part of the Ranunculaceae family.
I very much like my Miss Bateman Clematis, a deciduous perennial climber. I planted two last year in my Colorado garden and both are faring well. They have reached a height of about 3 feet and are growing vigorously. They need a better attachment to the wrought iron trellis as there is not much there to cling to, and today’s wind is giving the tender stalks a beating.
The bright white flowers are a nice contrast to all the green going on in the garden. The tag said that the vine should get only morning sun, but they have been happy so far with the 6+ hours they get each day. Although we have not reached even near normal summer temperatures, so the heat will be a factor I will watch for this year.
Prune while dormant in late winter or early spring, cut out the dead and damaged wood back to the highest buds that are thick and healthy.
Pruning Groups: Group 2 – Repeat bloomers; prune stems immediately after flowering. Doing that now will encourage flowering in August and September. You will prune back about 1/3 of the older growth. The new stems can be tied back in and these will be the ones that flower. Both of these survived the first year, and what pretty flowers!
Update 2021: I may have lost the 2nd Miss Bateman to the heat and drought of last summer. The supports were taken down to determine if I wanted to open the back of the flower bed to the new vege garden behind. The lack of care and additional irrigation may have knocked it out.
Update 2013: One of the Miss Bateman’s got a bad case of rust in the summer of 2012 and did not survive.