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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. Advent Bells Pictures Courtesy of Roy Nunn
    A charming cream flower that has a very heavily freckled and striped inside of red, will provide a great profusion of dainty hanging blooms during the winter months. More abundant than the ever popular Freckles. Learn More
  2. Paul Farges (Summer Snow)
    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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  3. Sweet Summer Love
    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
  4. Winter Beauty
    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
  5. 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
  6. Freckles
    The pale cream nodding bell-shaped flowers are very heavily freckled inside with rusty maroon. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  7. Jingle Bells

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    (syn. cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Jingle Bells'). The creamy-white nodding bell-shaped flowers have a hint of citrus scent. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  8. montana 'Primrose Star'
    Very pale primrose yellow semi-double blooms are very abundant on this lovely prolific flowering montana, one of the more compact growers suitable for smaller gardens. Learn More
  9. Bill Mackenzie
    Its bright yellow nodding, lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive dark reddish-brown stamens that leave excellent silky seed-heads. Excellent for late flowers. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  10. rehderiana
    The dainty pale yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers are borne in clusters and have a cowslip-like perfume. Occasionally slow to establish but is definitely worth the wait! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  11. Anita
    The pretty creamy-yellow nodding buds open as pure white outward-facing flowers. This lovely clematis can either be light or hard pruned depending on the area needing to be covered. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  12. Triternata Rubromarginata
    (syn. flammula 'Rubromarginata', x triternata 'Rubromarginata'). The clusters of small almond-scented star-like flowers are white with rich red tips. A favourite in our garden! Learn More
  13. Passiflora caerulea
    Common Passion Flower. Semi-evergreen climber with beautifully intricate white flowers, sometimes flushed pink, with a central purply-blue crown. Requires free draining soil. Learn More

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