Group 1 and Group 2 Clematis for Shade

Clemantis come in different shades of pink, purple and white and they bloom througout the year. There are over 300 cultivars which are divided into three groups based on their flowering habits.

Generally, most clematis need atleast 6 hours of sunlight to produce strong foliage and healthy bloom.

But there are a number of clematis cultivars that thrive on walls and fences in heavy shade.

Best Climber Clematis for Shade

Common name: Clematis

Family name: Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae)

Native to: China and Japan

Buy clematis for north facing walls and fences 

 Group 1 & 2 Clematis for Shade

According to the RHS, the '[e]arly summer, twice-flowering types are particularly suited to a shadier position, as this can help to prevent premature fading of flower colour'. These are the Clematis in Groups 1 and 2 of the general classification.

The Group 3 Clematis tend to flower late in summer and early autumn are are not best for shade.

So, here are the 5 main groups of climber Clematis that grow well in shade. Each group may have more that one cultivar, so check the plant specification before buying it.

  • Clematis alpina
  • Clematis montana
  • Clematis armandii
  • Clematis macropetala 
  • Clematis Crystal fountain

Does Clematis need full sun?

Generally, most clemantis prefer sun to produce healthy foliage and flowers. 

But cultivars from the 5 groups above are tolerant to shaded areas. They will thrive in shade and part shade.

Also these vine plants will need trellis support and protection to grow well onto walls and fences that are in the shade.

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