Two exquisite plants — rose and clematis sometimes seem to be made for each other, this happens when the flowering time coincides, the color of the petals is harmoniously combined, the composition is correctly created (the plants do not oppress each other). In some cases, there is a dominance of one plant over another, which immediately violates the harmony of the flower garden. Let’s talk today about when roses and clematis together create a memorable landscape composition.

Rose-clematis tandem: pros and cons

When creating a composition of roses and clematis, when planting plants next to each other, many aspects should be considered:

  • To which pruning group this or that variety of clematis belongs — this determines the flowering period of clematis and the difficulty of preserving the vine in winter.
  • Choosing a place to create a composition — combinations of roses and clematis are very effective, but not all creepers are able to tolerate planting in the open sun. Clematis are especially affected by the scorching sun in the south, but roses prefer just open places with an abundance of ultraviolet rays.
  • The balance of plant growth, the exclusion of dominant varieties — some types of clematis grow very quickly, forming a dense bush. During the period of intensive growth of shoots, the plant clings to walls, supports and neighboring bushes. Roses feel oppressed by such a neighborhood, air exchange is disturbed, the flow of sunlight is reduced — all this harms the queen of flowers, reducing the flowering time and worsening the general condition of the plant.

Important! Do not plant tall clematis next to spray roses, especially beware of close proximity to miniature or polyanthus species. How to combine the timing of flowering roses and clematis

Rose and clematis are undoubtedly spectacular during the period of joint flowering, but when choosing neighbors, special attention should be paid to the clematis pruning group. In total, three types of pruning of this plant are known:


When to prune

What types are

The first group of pruning — requires mandatory shelter of vines for the winter

In winter, the vines are not pruned or only the removal of broken or diseased shoots is carried out. Flowering occurs from mid-spring.


Vitalba group clematis

Montana Group

The second group of pruning — bushes require mandatory protection from frost.

Plants are pruned twice a year:

  • After flowering

  • Under the winter

Flowering occurs from May to June on the shoots of the previous year. Repeat flowering is possible on new growths.




The third pruning group — in winter, plants carefully protect the root part

In autumn, the vines are radically cut to the level of the soil, leaving a small stump. Flowering — in the middle of summer.



The table shows that clematis belonging to the first and second pruning groups coincide with roses in terms of flowering. The varieties included in the third group open their buds when the roses are already preparing for the second wave of flowering. Maybe that’s not bad — the composition always looks decorative, but it’s not always possible to show the true beauty of two plants in tandem.

Wintering features

When growing roses and clematis in landscaping in the neighborhood, it involves protecting both plants in the winter. Clematis of the first group require shelter of shoots along the entire length, these varieties cannot be cut off, otherwise flowering will not occur next year. This is not very convenient, because spray roses are shortened in winter, and creepers of considerable length are much more difficult to cover. It is easier to arrange a joint shelter for climbing roses and clematis — the length of their shoots will be approximately the same size.

Clematis varieties belonging to the second pruning group can be protected from frost together with roses by equipping them with a common shelter.

The easiest option is to protect rose bushes and clematis of the third pruning group from frost, the shoots of which are cut into a stump in autumn. Therefore, in clematis, only the roots are covered, and roses protect from the winter cold in the classical way.

Climbing roses and clematis: the best combination

Clematis look most harmonious in compositions with climbing roses, their shoots grow to about the same height, varieties of the first pruning group can be covered for the winter along with rose shoots, their flowering occurs in spring at the same time.

Climbing roses and clematis are strengthened on joint supports; compositions on the arch look especially impressive. A spectacular arch of roses and clematis, installed near the entrance to the site, looks very picturesque and elegant. But when planting bushes of climbing roses and varietal clematis next to each other, it is necessary not only to take into account the timing of joint flowering, but also to monitor the compatibility and harmony of the color of the petals of plants living in the immediate neighborhood.

For example, the profusely blooming climbing rose Lavinia with warm pink flowers can go well with clematis of the second pruning group, which re-bloom in the second half of summer. Or in this tandem you can grow clematis Niobe (burgundy flowers); cultivar Frankie (bell-shaped flowers of a bluish-cornflower blue color); White Swan (large white) will emphasize and set off the pink beauty of Lavinia rose flowers.

Shade compatibility:

  • Pink — can be planted next to white, lilac, purple and blue flowers.
  • Yellow — in harmony with white, orange and burgundy tones.
  • White — goes with most shades in the color of flowers.
  • Red — suitable for creating contrasting compositions, good next to white and yellow flowers.
  • Lilac — goes well with blue-violet colors, vanilla-creamy and white shades.

The support for roses and clematis when grown together must be strong, because the tall shoots of plants, decorated with an abundance of flowers, have a fairly large mass. Durable forged arches are ideal for this purpose, but in hot summers the metal gets very hot, which can cause burns on the stems.

Close, but not together

Modern varieties of clematis often have huge flowers with double cups. Such varieties of clematis (Midori; Diamond Ball; Veronica Choyce; Blue Explosion; Violet Elizabeth and other terry ones) are undoubtedly beautiful, but they can slightly overshadow the charm of the queen of flowers — roses. In this case, you can apply this technique — clematis are planted on a trellis in the background of the flower garden, and spray roses are placed in front of them at some distance — you can visually capture the beauty of the composition, but the plants do not interfere with each other, complementing each other.

Such a technique can be advised to create a picturesque composition near the walls of garden buildings, when decorating an arched passage to a residential building, and in other cases.

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