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. Betty Corning
    £11.75
    Pretty pale bluey-mauve nodding bell-shaped flowers, whose pointed tips open and twist slightly to reveal a deeper bluey-mauve and textured inside. The delicate perfume is more noticeable when planted in the sun. Learn More
  2. Blue Dwarf
    £12.50
    Clusters of pretty silvery-blue hyacinth shaped flowers with glaucous foliage. An excellent 'front of border' plant. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  3. Cassandra
    £12.50
    The clusters of rich deep blue hyacinth shaped flowers are strongly scented. A favourite in our garden. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  4. Clematis 'Hendersonii'
    £10.75
    (syn. x diversifolia 'Hendersonii'. Previously eriostemon 'Hendersonii'). Dark purply-blue open nodding bell shaped flowers. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  5. Clematis 'New Love'
    £12.50
    The clusters of deep violet-blue hyacinth shaped flowers are beautifully scented. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited Learn More
  6. Clematis 'Ozawas Blue'
    £11.75
    (syn. integrifolia 'Ozawas Blue'). The rich mid-blue nodding bell-shaped flowers have light mauve-blue margins and strongly recurving tips. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More
  7. Praecox
    £10.75
    (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
  8. Clematis 'Prince Charles'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Prince Charles'). 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
  9. Swedish Bells
    £12.50
    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
  10. Clematis 'Yukikomachi'
    £10.75
    The charming blooms have broad pale mauve-blue undulating margins that are enhanced by a white bar. Blooms profusely and semi-continuously from late spring to mid autumn. Learn More
  11. Baby Doll
    £12.50
    The pretty pale blue star-shaped flowers have creamy-white bars & pale yellow anthers. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  12. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £12.50
    Highly praised by Gardening Which? in 2010. The bluish-lilac star-shaped flowers have a deeper lilac bar and are produced in abundance. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging scrambler. Learn More
  13. CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN™ 'Fairy Blue' 'Evipo038'
    £15.00
    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! Learn More
  14. Tubulosa Wyevale
    £12.50
    The mid blue hyacinth shaped flowers are borne in clusters and have a gorgeous perfume. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More

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