Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Regal climber. It is a feature story on one of the most-loved vines for the garden, the clematis.
For the article, I interviewed Carol Newcomb, who is the owner of Northland Rosarium. She and her husband, Terry, grow all sorts of beautiful clematis -- most of which were just coming into bloom in their beautiful display gardens during my visit.
They also sell a huge variety of clematis so consider taking a trip out to their nursery in southwestern Spokane County. They are located at 9405 S. Williams Ln. Here is a map from their website to help you find your way there: http://northlandrosarium.com/find.php.
And of course, they sell the most glorious hardy, own-root roses at Northland Rosarium so don't forget to check those out, too!
While I was there last week, I took photos of some of the clematis vines that had already started blooming. Aren't they just the most breathtaking flowers?