Besides mulching, I checked on the clematis stems earlier in the season to be sure they were climbing the right direction. This is a very low maintenance plant combination! Very worth trying if you have a rose bush or climber.
A garden picture taken at RHS Garden Rosemoor. I loved the combinations of roses with clematis in this part of the garden. The white clematis is 'John Huxtable' and the flowes were a very pure, bright white.