I have a very beautiful blooming clematis but it has been around for years. I am wondering if you can ever completely chop off all vines to just about 2 inches from the soil to give it a fresh new start with new growth right from the base,since the vine stocks have slowly sagged downward to the base of the vine over time.
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Pruning does differ with Clematis varieties.
Here is an article that will help you with regular pruning.
I will tell you that I have also had some mature Clematis, varieties are unknown, that had also become a tangled mess and I needed to replace the trellis supports.
I trimmed them back to 12 to 18" in height. Although I had less flowers for a year or two, my vines are in much better shape and have recovered completely.
I find Clematis very hard and forgiving. I am in a zone 4 garden, so no pampering here!