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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. Actinidia arguta VITIKIWI®
    Fantastic fruits from an attractive hardy, prolific kiwi cultivar that sets fruit without pollination. The flowers are creamy-white, set in threes at each internode and have black anthers. The plant starts bearing fruit in the 1st-2nd year after planting. Learn More
  2. 'Sonnette'
    The dainty urn-shaped flowers are an attractive deep peachy-pink that blends to pale peach at the tips of the tepals. The pointed tepals have peachy-cream margins and their tips recurve to reveal butter yellow anthers. Learn More
  3. Clematis 'Sweet Scentsation'
    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
  4. 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. Learn More
  5. Clematis flammula
    The clusters of small white star-like flowers have a sweet hawthorn scent. A deciduous, or semi-evergreen climber which requires free draining soil. Learn More
  6. mandschurica
    The clusters of white star-like flowers have a good scent. An excellent scrambler! An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect or scrambling stems. Learn More
  7. napaulensis
    The greenish-cream nodding bell-shaped flowers have long reddish-pink anthers. The foliage is winter-green, it has a period of dormancy in the summer when it can lose its leaves. Requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  8. Clematis recta 'Purpurea'
    Glorious purply-bronze foliage with clusters of small white star-shaped flowers that have a hawthorn-like perfume. An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect stems. Learn More
  9. Clematis stans
    A species from Japan that has clusters of small bluish-white to pale blue hyacinth shaped flowers which occasionally have a slight perfume. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  10. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    The clusters of small white star-shaped flowers have a gorgeous hawthorn-like perfume, from which it gets its common name 'Sweet Autumn Clematis'. Learn More
  11. Kaiu
    (syn. texensis 'Kaiu'). The dainty pearly-white nodding urn-shaped flowers have a pinky-mauve blush. A vigorous grower that makes a good companion to large shrubs, and whose delightful blooms make excellent cut flowers. Learn More
  12. Five Flavour Berry Image courtesy of Szczepan Marczynski

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    A Ukrainian, plant abundant in fruit, in China called wu-wei-zi, which means five flavour berry. This is a magnificent climbing plant, particularly useful for planting along fences and building walls, but can also be trained over arbours, pergolas and other supports. It bears fruit in the 4th-6th year after planting is frost hardy and requires rich soil, wet but not boggy. Learn More

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