Hello, I have a large, pink, Clematis Montana which has been in the garden around twelve years. It is at the bottom of a slope, on clay soil, against a west facing wall. The plant is very strong but dominates the garden, I would like to prune it fairly harshly but am concerned that it will not grow back, are you able to give me any advice please?
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Clematis montana can be cut back hard just after it finishes flowering- taking an overgrown one back to about 12 inches off the ground is recommended. This plant is a member of Clematis pruning group 1, so follow the pruning advice for this group: