The Clematis is among the most beautiful of our hardy climbers. The large-flowering varieties are unequaled for decorating the porch or veranda pillars. The small-flowered species, such as the Clematis pankulata, should be planted at the base of a tall tree where they send their shoots often to a height of fifty feet and form great masses of white fragrant blossoms.
The Clematis thrives in any good garden soil but prefers a light sandy soil well enriched by old manure and plenty of water during the growing season. Should any signs of mildew appear, dust with flowers of sulphur at once, so as to stop the mildew from spreading. All the Clematis flower better if severely pruned each Fall or Winter before growth commences.
Propagate the finer varieties by cuttings or by grafting on common stock in Summer.