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. Best Wishes
    £13.50
    The mauvy-white tepals have a deep pinky-mauve bar and are heavily overlaid with purple freckles. The depth of colour changes during the flowering period, adding to its unique charm. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  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. Geoffrey Tolver
    £13.50
    Deep velvety reddish purple. The distinct stamens have white filaments and purple anthers. Named after the late Geoffrey Tolver, Ruth's father. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 'Taiga'
    £19.50

    Launched by Thorncroft Clematis at RHS Chelsea Flower Show - Most popular plant with the public in Chelsea Plant of The Year 2017.
    Buy from us, a Trusted source and the official introducer.
    The attractive double blue-purple flowers have a greeny-white tip to the tepals and appear from summer through to autumn. ‘Taiga’ is an exotic looking clematis and is ideal as a feature plant in a patio container or against a south facing wall. The plant can reach a width of 1 metre and height of 2.5 metres and should be grown in the sun. When the flower first opens it is very spikey, then it becomes like a rosette with large outer tepals, before the final stage when the centre opens out to create a luxuriant full double flower. Magnificent!! Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited.

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  8. ANNABELLA ’Zo08169’PBRaf
    £16.00
    Dainty urn-shaped flowers of pale lilac become almost white at the recurving tips of the blooms. Long flowering and compact so ideal for short supports or containers. Learn More
  9. CASSIS™ 'Evipo020'
    £16.00
    The gorgeous double rosette-like blooms have a mottled appearance, their cream base is heavily overlaid with blackcurrant-purple. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  10. Clematis florida 'Sieboldiana'
    £15.00
    (syn. florida 'Sieboldii', florida 'Bicolor') The creamy-white tepals have a rich purple crown of staminodes. Blooms can occasionally revert to 'Alba Plena'. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. Clematis viticella
    £11.25
    The dainty bluey-purple nodding bell-shaped flowers of this 'wild' clematis are perfect for that 'cottage garden' look. A native of Europe introduced to Britain in 1569 when it was known as 'The Virgin's Bower'. Learn More
  13. Clematis viticella 'Mary Rose' (Flore Pleno)
    £16.00
    It is believed that this gorgeous old clematis dates from the 1500's. It's semi-nodding rosette-like double flowers are deep dusky-amethyst. 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 'Venosa Violacea'
    £12.50
    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

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