This is an illustrated guide to varieties, cultivation and care, with step-by-step instructions and over 150 beautiful photographs. It offers everything you need to know at a glance in one handy and wonderfully illustrated practical guide. It contains a full photographic directory of over 40 varieties of clematis, including winter cultivars, large-flowered hybrids, herbaceous plants and late-flowering species. For each variety, full botanical information is provided on history, growth, hue, height, spread and suitability. It provides step-by-step guidance on planting, propagation and pruning, and how to deal with common pests and diseases. It includes instructions on growing clematis in the shade and sun, planting against a wall, and in containers. It is a highly accessible guide to some of the most popular and best-loved plants, celebrating their striking beauty. The sheer variety of hues, shapes and sizes available makes clematis one of the most popular climbing plants. It can grow in practically any site, covering walls, trees, arches, pergolas and borders in a sea of vibrancy and scent. A careful choice of species allows the gardener to enjoy clematis in flower virtually every month of the year. This book explains how to use clematis to its best advantage, from achieving seasonal interest to combining with other plants. A fully illustrated directory of 40 recommended varieties, together with expert advice on how and where to plant them, will help you to create a bold and bright display in all types of garden.