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Dry / Hot Areas

We have many customers who garden in countries with warmer climates like in 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 too 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.

For further advice on growing in Hot Climates see our Care Guide.

Here are some others we recommend:

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  1. Akebia Quinata
    £11.25
    A climber with bright green leaves and wonderfully fragrant reddish-purple flowers, sometimes followed by purple fruits. Learn More
  2. Clematis 'Avalanche'
    £13.50
    (syn. x cartmanii 'Avalanche', 'Blaaval'). Clusters of glorious pure white 'male' flowers with yellow stamens are the largest blooms in this group. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited.

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  3. Buckland Beauty
    £11.25
    The exotic looking purply-red nodding urn shaped flowers, mature to very deep mauve-pink, have a delicate sheen and recurving tips to its thick waxy tepals. Learn More
  4. Clematis 'Early Sensation'
    £13.50
    The 'female' flowers are greeny-cream on opening, maturing to pure white. An evergreen climber requiring free draining soil. Grow near 'Avalanche' or 'Joe' to get amazing seedheads! Learn More
  5. Clematis 'Fond Memories'
    £13.50
    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. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Introduced by us in 2004. Learn More
  6. Clematis 'Golden Harvest'
    £12.50
    (Syn. serratifolia '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. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  7. John Huxtable at RHS Wisley Trials grounds
    £11.25
    The pretty white flowers are deeply textured and have a wonderful satin sheen. This popular clematis is perfect to brighten any dull spot in your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  8. Paul Farges (Summer Snow)
    £11.25
    The clusters of dainty creamy-white flowers have a very prominent crown of primrose-yellow stamens. A vigorous climber that produces an abundance of pretty flowers. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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  9. Clematis 'Remembrance'
    £11.25
    The gorgeous light raspberry-red flowers mature to very deep pink. Their deeply textured surface has a lovely satin sheen which is offset by a crown of contrasting yellow stamens. Learn More
  10. Clematis 'Rooguchi'
    £11.25
    Rich shiny purple, deeply ribbed bell-shaped flowers with silvery-purple margins. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  11. Clematis 'Shikoo'
    £13.50
    The exotic looking rosette-like blooms are rich purply-blue with slightly paler bars to their elegantly pointed tepals. Its later flowers are sometimes single. Introduced by us at Chelsea 2012. Learn More
  12. Swedish Bells
    £13.50
    The nodding bell-shaped flowers are lavender-blue with paler bluey-white margins. A delightful addition to any garden with these enchanting 'dancing' flowers. Learn More
  13. Clematis 'Sweet Scentsation'
    £12.50
    The glorious clusters of white, sweetly scented star-like flowers are borne in great abundance making an eye-catching display for your garden. Learn More
  14. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'
    £13.50
    The pleasantly scented flowers are a rich deep red when first open, maturing through purply-red and paling to light purplish violet. A striking, vigorous climber. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  15. 'Taiga'
    £16.00

    Launched by Thorncroft Clematis at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - A Container superstar!
    The attractive double blue-purple flowers have a greeny-white tip to the tepals and appear from summer through to autumn.
    This stunning clematis will light up your patio when grown in a large container with good drainage.

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  16. Clematis 'White Abundance'
    £13.50
    The creamy-white 'male' flowers have pinkish-beige stamens. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Evergreen climber. Requires free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  17. Winter Beauty
    £16.00
    The dainty nodding bell-shaped flowers are pure white and have a waxy texture. The attractive foliage is evergreen and the plant benefits from free-draining soil. Learn More
  18. Clematis 'Yukiokoshi'
    £12.50
    (syn. patens ‘Yukiokoshi’) The distinctive, irregular, almost 'ragged' looking double white blooms have pale green bars on the early flowers. Despite the description it's a really lovely flower that is always popular at Chelsea! Learn More
  19. Clematis armandii
    £19.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More
  20. Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'
    £19.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More

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