Clematis Plants, vines and climbers from UK online store, Raymond Evison Clematis Ltd
As climbing plants, clematis look great when grown over an arch

Growing Clematis Over An Arch

Clematis climbing plants make a superb adornment for arches. Consider using two planted either side for full cover

Strong cane leading shoots to main framework of archway
Top of rootball at least 2.5" (5cm) below soil level
Loosen rootball and plant in mixture of loam, peat or peat substitute
Line hole base with well-rotted garden compost or well rotted manure
Hole width and depth approximately 18" (45cm) x 18" (45cm)
Base of plant at least 6" (15cm) from main arch vertical
Consider providing shade to roots with low growing shallow rooted plants

Suitable Varieties

Useful varieties for growing over archways are grouped in the "Patio and Garden" section of the catalogue. Choose more vigorous cultivars that grow more than 6' (2m) (e.g. Amethyst Beauty, Reflections and Shimmer amongst others) or the slightly shorter growing cultivars of Rebecca, Ice Blue and Kingfisher, which grow to (5'10") 1.8m. Taller cultivars from the Regal® (double) group are also useful (e.g. Josephine) and have the additional bonus of exceptionally long flower life. Garland® cultivars flower profusely along the length of the plant but being of thinner foliage may require a companion plant such as ceanothus - although if the arch has an attractive structure and is worth showing off then the thinner foliage may be an advantage.