Dry & Hot Areas

Over the years we have gained many friends who garden in countries with warmer climates like southern France or even hotter such as South Africa or southern Japan. We are grateful to them for giving us feedback on what does well and what does not in these hotter climatic conditions.
Generally we would suggest the following as a guide to those types that are happier in a warmer climate. However, all individual environments do differ, so we cannot guarantee success in any particular location.

Keeping the clematis moist at the root is key. Ensure that the compost does not dry out, nor become waterlogged from to frequent watering, then most clematis will cope with reasonably high summer temperatures.

Growing them in pots or containers of some sort is often a better way to ensure good soil and moist, yet free-draining conditions. We understand, for example, that the local soil in Madeira and parts of South Africa is not ideal. There is really no need to shade the roots - although it can help to retain moisture, it can also harbour slugs and other pests.
Most general advice is still the same as in England; feed them every two weeks even when they are flowering, and keep pale coloured types that are prone to fading, in shade.

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Abutilon Megapotamicum

Trailing Abutilon - With pendulous, bell-like flowers with a deep red calyx and neat yellow petals throughout the summer, this Abutilon megapotamicum will give you a rewarding display. Lovely slender stems carry red and yellow flowers that are unusual and exotic.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

£18.00
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Akebia Quinata
Akebia Quinata

Akebia Quinta often known as the Chocolate Vine is a superb climber with bright green leaves and wonderfully fragrant reddish-purple flowers in spring, sometimes followed by purple fruits.

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Clematis Abundance

The pretty semi-nodding pinky-red flowers have a deeply textured surface and crimped margins. Aptly named, the blooms are indeed produced in great abundance.

Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Advent Bells

clematis Advent Bells has a charming cream flower, very heavily freckled and striped inside with red, will provide a great profusion of dainty hanging blooms during the winter months. Even more abundant than the ever popular Freckles.

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Clematis Alba Luxurians

The semi-nodding irregular shaped white flowers have green 'leaf-like' tips to its early blooms. These delightful blooms are treasured by flower-arrangers.

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Clematis Alba Plena (florida var flore-plano 'Plena')

Clematis florida 'Abla Plena' has pretty double flowers of greeny-cream, rosette-like blooms, and is also known as florida 'Plena', or florida var. flore-pleno.
An unstable variety where the blooms can occasionally revert to clematis Sieboldiana.

£21.00
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Clematis Andante

The very deep mauvish-pink nodding bell-shaped flowers have light pink margins to their twisted tepals. A prolific and easy to grow form of the herbaceous integrifolia family.

£18.00
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Clematis ANGELA 'Zoang'

The striking flower has deep rich pink bars merging towards paler mauve-pink margins and lovely contrasting pale yellow stamens. 

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Clematis Anita

The pretty creamy-yellow nodding buds open to pure white outward-facing flowers. This lovely clematis can be light  pruned depending on the area needing to be covered.
Also known as clematis tangutica 'Anita'.

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Clematis ANNABELLA 'Zo08169'

Dainty urn-shaped flowers of pale lilac become almost white at the recurving tips of the blooms. Long flowering and compact so ideal for short supports or containers.
Introduced to the UK by Thorncroft Clematis and launched at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017.

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Clematis Apple Blossom

Clusters of deep pink flower buds open to pinky-white flowers, with a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil. 

Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

 

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Clematis armandii

The clusters of white star-like flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume.

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Clematis ASTRA NOVA 'Zo09085'

The flamboyant, eye-catching semi-double, violet-purple flowers have a white stripe in the centre of the tepal and a spiky centre of violet-purple and white petaloid stamens. An outstanding cultivar for your garden.

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Clematis AVANT-GARDE Evipo033

These unusual deep pinky-red flowers have a pale pink pom-pom like centre and strongly recurved tips to the tepals.
'Recommended' by a Popular Garden Magazine Dec 2020.

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Clematis Betty Corning

Pretty pale bluey-mauve nodding bell-shaped flowers, whose pointed tips open and twist slightly to reveal a deeper bluey-mauve and textured inside. The delicate perfume is more noticeable when planted in the sun.

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Clematis Bill MacKenzie

Its bright yellow nodding, lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive dark reddish-brown stamens that leave wonderful silky seed-heads. Excellent for late flowers.
Also known as clematis orientalis 'Bill Mackenzie'.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Black Prince

The deep reddish-purple semi-nodding flowers have a silvery reverse. Their simple shape and elegant colouring are a charming addition to your garden.

£18.00
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Clematis Blekitny Aniol (BLUE ANGEL)

The gorgeous pale, mauvy-blue flowers have a pretty satin sheen across their deeply textured surface. Its crimped and wavy margins taper to pointed tips. At dusk the flowers become almost luminous. Beautiful!
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Blue Dwarf

Clusters of pretty silvery-blue hyacinth shaped flowers with glaucous foliage and makes an excellent 'front of border' plant. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil.

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Clematis BLUE PIROUETTE 'Zobluepi'

The pretty violet-blue flowers have four long twisted tepals. A very pretty and free flowering clematis which is also good as a cut flower.

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Clematis BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'

Highly praised by Gardening Which? in 2010. Clematis Blue River has beautiful bluish-lilac star-shaped flowers which have a deeper lilac bar and are produced in abundance.
A popular plant with flower arrangers because the flowers last well in water.

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Clematis BURNING LOVE Vitiwester

The glorious vibrant red flowers have a textured surface and gently re-curved, twisted tips. Their distinctive crown of contrasting yellow stamens adds to the attraction of this outstanding performer. 

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Clematis campaniflora

A native of Portugal and Western Spain, it has the most dainty little bluey-white nodding bell-shaped flowers whose tips are strongly recurved. This 'wild' clematis is worthy of space in your garden.

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Clematis Cassandra

The clusters of rich deep blue hyacinth shaped flowers are strongly scented. A favourite in our garden. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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