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.

As a guide, based on feedback from customers, you may like to try the following:
Most of the species, such as ternifloraorientalis var. orientalis and rehderiana.
Also consider the Cirrhosa and other evergreens, but they may exhibit summer dormancy, losing their leaves in the hottest months.
The Tangutica Group will be fine in drier soils but high humidity may be a problem.
Montanas generally, although they do need a good supply of water especially as they can become very large.
Most large flowered types, but prune back by half after the first flowering to avoid too much dead foliage building up. They will flower again 6 - 8 weeks later.
The Integrifolia Group and Texensis Groups, but these must be kept moist at the root to avoid mildew problems.  

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Clematis CASSIS Evipo020

The gorgeous double rosette-like blooms have a mottled appearance, their cream base is heavily overlaid with blackcurrant-purple. Clematis Cassis is also a brilliant plant for container growing and is often better grown in that way.

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Clematis Christmas Surprise

This delightful new evergreen climbers produces beautiful creamy-white flowers against a backdrop of rich green foliage. The blooms are gently nodding and bell-shaped with a hint of pink to the tips of the filaments at the centre.  A charming and prolific winter flowering evergreen clematis that prefers a sunny location and requires a free draining soil.

£23.50
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Clematis cirrhosa var. balearica

The nodding yellowy-cream bell-shaped flowers mature to creamy-white, with rusty-maroon freckles inside. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil.

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Clematis CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN Fairy Blue Evipo038

The fabulous lilac-blue flowers have an amazing fountain-like centre of silvery-mauve petaloid stamens. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot!
Received a Top Award in a Popular Garden Magazine Dec 2020.

£21.00
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Clematis Dark Eyes

These gorgeous flowers are almost black on opening and mature to the deepest purple with a velvety sheen. As the flower ages the crown of stamens take on a silvery appearance which adds to their charm.

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Clematis Duchess of Albany

The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar that we will always hold dearly in our hearts.

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Clematis Dutch Sky

The pretty bluey-white flowers merge to light blue margins and tips. The reverse has the same colouring with distinctive purple ribs. It is exceptionally free-flowering.

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Clematis Early Sensation

Clematis Early Sensation has 'female' flowers that are greeny-cream on opening, maturing to pure white. Grow near 'Avalanche' or 'Joe' to get amazing seed-heads!
Received a Top Award in a Popular Garden Magazine Dec 2020.

£21.00
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Clematis Emilia Plater

When first open the light mauvy-blue flowers have rosy-violet shading along the central bar which fades as the blooms mature. A deeply textured surface, crimped and undulating margins add to their charm.

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Clematis Etoile Rose

The delightful semi-nodding bell-shaped flowers are rich deep pink, merging to light mauve-pink margins and recurved tips. A wonderful sight cascading over our arch. Formerly known as texensis 'Etoile Rose'. 

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Clematis Etoile Violette

The dark bluey-purple flowers have beautifully contrasting pale yellow stamens and are produced in huge abundance across the plant for a long time through the summer An outstanding performer that adorns gardens across the world.
Received a Top Award in a Popular Garden Magazine Dec 2020.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Fond Memories

The palest pinky-white blooms have an elegant satin sheen, its margins are outlined with deep rosy-lavender. The reverse is very deep rosy-lavender. Very free-flowering and extremely hardy - it makes a wonderful gift.
Bred by my late Grandfather Geoffrey Tolver at Thorncroft Clematis Nursery 1996 and introduced by us in 2004.

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Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS 'Zofori'

A favourite of ours for many years, Forever Friends beautifully textured satin-white star-shaped flowers have contrasting dusky red anthers. Exceptionally free flowering and easy to grow.

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Clematis Freckles (cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles')

Freckles is also known as cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles'. This wonderfully vigorous winter flowering climber has pale cream nodding bell-shaped flowers are very heavily freckled inside with rusty maroon.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Golden Harvest
Clematis Golden Harvest

The light butter-yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers open out to reveal striking reddish-purple stamens. Grow in a sunny position to enhance its lovely citrus-like perfume.
Also known as serratifolia 'Golden harvest'.

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Clematis GOLDEN TIARA 'Kugotia'

Attractive bright golden-yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive contrasting reddish-purple stamens and leave silky seed-heads.
Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit

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Clematis Gravetye Beauty

The elegant, deep rich red trumpet shaped flowers have paler mauve-pink margins on the reverse. A very popular cultivar and one of our favourites and on we've always had in our garden.

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Clematis GREEN PASSION 'Zo11050'

This extraordinary new clematis has a double green flower head with later tepals having white tips to them. Sporadic autumn flowers are double with more white than green in them. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Clematis Hagelby White

The dainty semi-nodding flowers are slightly greeny-cream when first open and mature to almost pure white. The variety was discovered in Hagelby Park, Stockholm, and introduced in 1998 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Swedish Clematis Society.

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Clematis Hanna (viticella 'Hanna')

The nodding bell-shaped flowers are pale violet-blue and produced in great profusion across the plant. A charming climber that is excellent as a companion plant and sometimes quite hard to find.

£18.00
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Clematis HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'Zohapbi'

A striking flower of rich purple that matures to cobalt blue as the flowers age and has contrasting white filaments with dark blue anthers. An excellent long summer flowering clematis from Wim Snoeijer that is useful for a gift.

£19.95
Clematis Helios

The bright lemon-yellow nodding flowers open out flat and have very pointed tepals with swept back tips, followed by silky seed-heads. Can be grown in a patio container if provided with a free draining soil.
Also known as tangutica Helios.

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Clematis Hendersonii Rubra

Deep pink flower buds open to pale pink flowers that hold their colour and have a delightful perfume. A superb evergreen climber that provides excellent screening and an abundance of blooms and requires a free draining soil.

£25.50
Clematis HUDSON RIVER 'Zo06137'

Rich deep violet blooms have a silvery sheen when they first open and have striking golden yellow stamens in the centre. Cultivated for the cut flower trade, this prolific clematis is extraordinarily floriferous in the garden or when grown in a container.

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