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. Freckles
    £13.50
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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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  4. Praecox
    £11.25
    (syn. x jouiniana 'Praecox'). The clusters of white star-shaped flowers have deep bluey-mauve tips. A clump-forming, vigorous, scrambler that also looks fabulous when trained against a wall. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  5. Wisley Cream
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'). Cream nodding bell-shaped flowers. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  6. Clematis integrifolia 'Pangbourne Pink'
    £11.25
    The nodding bell-shaped flowers are a gloriously rich deep rose-pink. Some people can detect a delicate perfume. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  7. Bill Mackenzie
    £12.50
    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
  8. Petit Faucon
    £11.25
    The nodding to outward facing flowers have four rich bluey-purple tepals. The stamens have rosy-purple filaments and golden yellow anthers. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  9. rehderiana
    £11.25
    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
  10. Clematis tangutica 'Lambton Park'
    £12.50
    The bright yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers are followed by silky seedheads. Grow in a sunny position to enhance the coconut-like perfume. A favourite in our garden. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  11. Clematis tangutica GOLDEN TIARA® 'Kugotia'
    £12.50
    Attractive bright golden-yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive contrasting reddish-purple stamens and leave silky seedheads. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  12. Clematis texensis 'Princess Diana'
    £12.50
    This eye-catching clematis has rich deep pink trumpet shaped flowers with paler mauve-pink margins. A 'classy' addition for your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  13. Abundance
    £11.25
    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. Learn More
  14. Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'
    £11.25
    The dark purple flowers have a slight reddish-purple bar which fades to bluey-purple as the blooms mature. An excellent choice to give later flowers in your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  15. Clematis viticella 'Prince Charles'
    £11.25
    This gorgeous blue clematis opens light azure blue with a hint of pink along the central bar. As the blooms mature they become more mauve-blue, losing the pink tint. An outstanding performer! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  16. Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £11.25
    This lovely clematis has double dusky-magenta rosette shaped flowers and makes a wonderful sight when in full bloom. These elegant blooms are excellent as cut flowers. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  17. Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea'
    £11.75
    The eye-catching flowers have broad deep purple margins that merge towards a white bar which has rosy-purple veins running through it. A lovely crown of stamens further enhance the striking effect of these blooms. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  18. 'Walenburg'
    £11.25
    The semi-nodding deep purply-red flowers have a creamy-white centre and contrasting purply-red anthers. When in full bloom this clematis makes a breathtaking sight. Absolutely lovely! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More

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