Clematis and Climbers

Top 8 Best clematis for a north-facing wall with only a few hours of sunlight each day

Last updated on June 11th, 2021

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If you are looking for the perfect clematis for a north-facing wall, you need deciduous climbers that can tolerate a variety of soil and only get four to five hours of sunlight each day and respond well to being trained up a wall, pergola, fence, or any other feature in your garden. But what are the best options for you?

Below are the top eight, best clematis for a north-facing wall. Each has been carefully selected to grow well in a north-facing position:

1. Clematis montana Grandiflora

Clematis Montana Grandiflora like most clematis is deciduous which means that every Autumn it will lose all of its leaves but every spring new foliage will appear.

Fully hardy, it is very fast-growing with flowers appearing between May and June so one of the first clematis varieties to flower. The flowers it produces are pure white and they have a yellow centre juxtaposed by the dark green leaves on the rest of the plant.

The four main petals give it a very striking appearance. No pruning is necessary and all you really need to do for general maintenance is apply a slow-release fertilizer and mulch every Spring.

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2. Clematis montana ‘Markham’s Pink’

Clematis markhams pink

This is another deciduous climber from the Montana family of clematis that provides flowers between April and May. Fully hardy, it produces candyfloss pink flowers that are sumptuous with their double flower shape.

The flowers themselves are somewhat smaller but the full plant will grow up to three metres in height which makes it perfect for training around a tree or a trellis. Very little is required in the way of maintenance other than cutting back overgrown shoots, giving a dose of fertilizer in the spring and applying mulch around the base every Spring.

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3. Clematis Alpina ‘Frankie’

Clematis alpina 'Frankie'

As an Alpine clematis, this variety is deciduous so it loses the leaves in Autumn but rest assured the bright green foliage will come again every spring.

It does best with full sun but will also thrive in partial shade in well-drained, neutral soil which makes it a good choice for north-facing walls.

This is a pretty average fast-growing clematis that provides Violet purple flowers between April and May. These flowers can range between a light purple and a middle-of-the-road purple and they take on a wide, bell-shaped so instead of having the flowers with a tight bell that folds downward, the petals open out much the same as the clematis Montana. It produces very decorative fluffy seed heads later on.

4. Clematis montana ‘Marjorie’

Clematis montana 'Marjorie'

For stunning groups of smaller flowers, this clematis is great. A produces semi-double flowers between May and June which have a creamy centre with a pink tinge along the edges of the petals.

The centre is a salmon colour and sometimes the foliage takes on a bronze tint. It’s perfect for a Pergola or a garden arch because of how quickly it grows and can be easily trained. 

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5. Clematis montana ‘Freda’


If you love pink flowers, this is the option for you. The petals overlap one another so all four create a perfect little square. Between May and June provides flowers that are a bright Cherry pink colour. What’s more, the leaves on this particular variety are not green like most clematis but are purple and green.

This is an award-winning variety that’s perfect for covering a fence or a wall and it’s great for small gardens because it is an average grower in terms of speed. 

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6. Clematis ‘Jackmanii’

Clematis Jackmanii

This variety is another deciduous climber that prefers fertile, neutral soil with full sun or partial shade making it a great contender for a north-facing wall which gets the sun for only a few hours a day.

It is a fast-growing variety so it’s perfect for taller areas and we’ll reach up to three metres tall and 1 meter wide. With this in the early springtime, you should cut back the stems from the previous year until they reach about 20 centimetres above the ground.

Add some mulch around the base but avoid touching the crown, give the plants some slow-release fertilizer and watch as everything comes back the following spring. This variety produces large, deep purple flowers that have an adorably green centre. The flower petals are large and velvety, some flowers producing four, five, or six petals. This is a good option to mix with another clematis from this list because it produces flowers between July and September so it gets a later start.

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7. Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’

Clematis Nelly Moser

This clematis is known for producing flowers twice if you remove the dead flowers. The first round of flowering takes place between May and June and second flush in September.

A fully hardy plant, it is an average grower so it won’t take over a large space very quickly. The delicate flowers though are striking in their appearance, with light pink flowers that boast a bright pink stripe right up the middle. The centre of the flower is a decorative reddish-brown, cream, and pink collection. 

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8. Clematis macropetala ‘Wesselton’

The final variety is a large flower variety. But the flowers are so delicate. Its double flowers are bell-shaped and take on a very light blue colour. After the flowers have bloomed they provide silvery seed heads all summer so you get something attractive for most of the year.

The flowers appear between April and May very early followed by the seed heads later in the season. It grows up to two meters tall and wide so it is a bit bushier than other varieties.

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