Re: [gardeners] Clematis

Kelly Livezey (
Thu, 24 Apr 2003 08:29:32 -0400

Hi Penny,
I have a clematis "Multi Blue" growing on an old clothesline pole 
that gets full sun nearly all day.I use a low-growing sedum (3") at 
the base bordered by a couple of jagged flagstones and it seems to 
work well. I don't know which sedum it is but it has little yellow 
flowers in early summer.

The buckwheat hulls sound like an interesting option for some 
situations--I've been pondering an alternative to the shredded 
hardwood bark I've been using everywhere--are they expensive? If they 
are, do you feel the increased cost is worth it for the longer life? 
Are they suitable for a larger bed, and will they stay put? Is there 
something additional beyond the depth that you've spread them that 
you think inhibits weeds?
Thanks, Kelly
ps. Hi Kari--nice to see you posting here--good luck with the move! 
(Kari and I are on another list together concerning old houses)

>Hi, Kari -- there already is a 3" mulch of Buckwheat Hulls
>which never deteriorates. They are the by-product of making
>buckwheat flour for pancakes, etc. They much resemble
>lightweight raw lentils in appearance, so the ground remains
>a pretty brown color, and the weeds NEVER grow. AMOF,
>they are used to stuff bed pillows in Japan, to give one's neck
>a proper support, so it is said.
>One year I actually did dump an extra pail of hulls around the
>base of the 3 clematis growing up my porch trellis. I never
>felt that this gave the roots sufficient protection from the
>mid-summer 85-90-95 degree steady sun and heat.
>Your opinion...?
>Penny, NY
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