Did non-vining clematis kill enkianthus?
I have, or had, three enkianthuses in my garden -- two campanulatus and one perulatus. I planted a non-vining clematis near the perrulata, and last summer the clematis reached 4 to 5 feet and draped itself gracefully all over the enkianthus, which was planted in 2007 and was about 4-1/2 feet tall. This spring the enkianthus had living branches only at the very top. The bottom branches (3/4 of plant) were dead. Do you think the vine did it (despite the fact it has no clinging parts to grab the shrub)? Or could the soil not be acid enough for it (it's marginal, and I'm working on it), even though the redveins do fine here?
I'm thinking of letting the clematis climb a redvein, but I can't let this experiment get too expensive!