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Clematis question

Discussion in 'Flowers & Roses' started by canesisters, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Sep 12, 2018
    canesisters

    canesisters Garden Master

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    This summer I bought a Snow Queen clematis. My first one :D I was told that it probably wouldn't do much the first summer - so I was THRILLED when it not only grew like crazy but had dozens of blooms.
    A friend gave me a pot of 'hummingbird vine' that I sat next to it to share the trellis and they grew together very nicely for a few months. Now though, the hummingbird vine is completely covering the trellis. When I poke around, I can find the Snow Queen - and her leaves look healthy, she's still blooming.. but I'm concerned that she might be shaded/crowded out. I had NO IDEA just how fast & thick the humming bird vine would grow.
    Can a clematis be crowded to death??? I was planning to plant the vine this spring - but now I'm not so sure.
    I know they are often planted with other things, so I thought the fullness of the HB vine and it's tiny little red flowers would compliment the big white flowers of the clematis. They look REALLY pretty together. But given a choice, I'll keep the clematis and rip out the HB vine if it necessary.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    That's great that it took off like that it's first year! I usually figure two years for mine to really do much.

    Hummingbird vine is a common name used for different plants, is yours by chance a Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)?

    If it's a Trumpet vine and not the annual Cypress vine, I would definitely separate them. The T vine is super vigorous and can even be invasive in the right conditions. It will overwhelm your clemmie.
     
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    aftermidnight

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    Hummingbird vine? trumpet vine or honeysuckle, which one or is it something else. I have C.Blue Bird growing close to a late flowering honeysuckle but not with. I also have some of my clemies planted with roses and even have one growing with a wisteria.
    Annette
     
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    Nyboy

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    The 1st year they sleep, the 2nd year they creep, the 3 rd year they leap. Good for you cane yours is doing so well. I bought one back from London only one that did not die on me. English gardens had them planted with large rose bushes.
     
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    canesisters

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    Not my picture - but this is what I've got

    hummingbird vine.jpg

    "lacy" sort of leaves - teeney, tiny little red flowers.
     
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    thistlebloom

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    Looks like Cypress vine, which is an annual.
    I have never grown it, but it seems like it wouldn't be a problem with your clematis. Especially as your clem gets more mature and stronger.
    I bet they are pretty together.
     
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    canesisters

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    AWESOME! They ARE really pretty together. They are climbing one side of the yard gate - the other side has a passion flower (and might have some hummingbird vine too next year).
     

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