For a birthday gift to myself, I decided to jump right in to transplanting the clematis that has been running like ground cover for quite a few years. I never could get it to run on a string trellis underneath the maple tree, so it was just allowed to sprawl. While running like a ground cover, it rooted very well at many of the joints, so I cut the runners apart in between the rooted joints and planted them really close to the bottom of the wire fencing. I have planted about 45 at this time, and there are about 20 more to dig and transplant. I planted them only 3-4″ apart, in case some don’t survive. If they all survive, this will be a CLEMATIS JUNGLE WALL! Recently I read that clematis doesn’t like composted manure. If anyone knows of more clematis information that might help this be successful, let me know.