Stone Green Nurseries - Bethersden, Kent for an amazing range of Plants and Shrubs in a wide range of sizes.
Stone Green Nurseries - Bethersden, Kent for an amazing range of Plants and Shrubs in a wide range of sizes. Click here to email us

We are now closed due to retirement.

Autumn/winter tips

Any top heavy shrubs and perennials can be reduced in height by about a third at this time of year to reduce the chance of damage by winter snows. Make sure newly planted trees and taller shrubs are well staked and tied to avoid damaging new roots.

If you have any Acers (Japanese Maples) the wispy growth can be trimmed back in early autumn. We do not advise cutting into the thicker stems.

Clematis and climbing plants can be trimmed back to tidy in autumn. The main pruning time for Clematis being late February (depending on group type).

Clematis Group 1

Winter flowers - Alpinas, Macropetala, Armandii varieties and all the Montanas - do not prune now you will be cutting of flowering wood.

Group 2

Large flowering type that flower before the end of June. These should be pruned back to a pair of good strong looking buds on each stem normally you should end up with a good network  of stems between 5 and 6 feet tall.
If you have a group 2 clematis that is thin and spindly cut the whole plant down to about 9”-12” as this with thicken the plant up.

Group 3

Plants that flower after the end of June. These include some of the larger flowering types - Tanquiticas, Viticellas, Texensis, all the herbaceous types. Cut the whole plant down to 12 inches don’t be afraid it will be back looking better than ever.
One other tip is always apply slug pellets around the plants after pruning (there are pet and wildlife friendly pellets available now). We have used them for some years now and are very effective.

If you are still unsure about pruning or what group your plants fall into just send and email or phone and I’ll try to help.

Happy Gardening



We grow in excess of 70 varieties of Clematis. Most plants are grown in 1ltr. pots with some being grown on into 10.5ltr. pots. Varieties grown include many Hybrid varieties, Alpinas, Integrifolias, Macropetala's, Montana’s, Florida's, Cirhosa's, Tangutica's, Texensis and Viticella's. A few are scented, some are evergreen, many have large flowers some 7” across, others are as small as 1/2”. Flowering times are spread throughout the year, some have 2 flowering periods per year. As well as the traditional large flowering types, we have nodding bells, double flowers, pagoda types to name but a few.

Whilst our website lists a number of plants we grow, we do not necessarily have all plants in stock at any one time.  Please telephone us to check stock.

clematis athrodite

Clematis Aphrodite

Small blue/purple flowers between June and September.
Height ranges between 1.5-2m
Plant in any well drained soil.

specimen climbing plants

Clematis Specimen Plants


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