Montana types are particularly useful for covering untidy buildings, walls etc.
in the garden. They can also be used to cover and enhance old trees, large
conifers and large evergreens. Given the right conditions they will grow to
heights of over ten metres if left to run their own course. The flowers on this
type develop on the previous season’s growth and produce a mass of blooms mainly
late spring to early summer.
In the first year the
plant can be cut back to approximately 30cms in February or March. This will
enable the plant to become bushy in following years. In the second and
subsequent years, cut back to about 1 metre and remove any dead or weak stems
after flowering. This should be carried out after the plant has flowered. At
this stage the plant can be left to ramble if required, but bear in mind that
flowers come from previous seasons growth, so
the higher it grows, the higher the flowers start.
|First season, prune to approximately 30cm above
||Second season, prune approximately 1 m above
soil, or as desired