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. Landsdown Gem
    £12.50
    Dainty bell-shaped flowers are a dull claret colour inside with a cream reverse and have cream anthers. The plant was discovered as a sport of 'Freckles' in 1995 by Merv Jerard of Christchurch, New Zealand. Learn More
  2. Clematis 'Remembrance'
    £10.75
    The gorgeous light raspberry-red flowers mature to very deep pink. Their deeply textured surface has a lovely satin sheen which is offset by a crown of contrasting yellow stamens. Learn More
  3. Solidarność
    £11.75
    The sumptuous dark velvety red blooms mature to a rich mid-red with a slightly lighter bar. Named after Solidarity, the Polish Independent Trade Union. Pronounced Solidar-noush-tch. Learn More
  4. Sweet Summer Love
    £12.50
    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
  5. Clematis intricata 'Vince Denny'
    £11.75
    The attractive reddy-chocolate nodding bell-shaped flowers have yellow margins and interior, distinctive reddish-brown stamens and delightful glaucous foliage. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  6. Clematis texensis 'Gravetye Beauty'
    £12.50
    The elegant deep, rich red trumpet shaped flowers have paler mauve-pink margins on the reverse. A very popular cultivar and one of our favourites. Learn More
  7. MAXIMA ('Wellmax') PBR
    £14.50
    Named after Queen Maxima of Holland. These large and vibrant trumpet shaped flowers are deep rich pink with paler margins and rich pink inside. They are very large compared to others in this group. Learn More
  8. Clematis texensis PRINCESS KATE PBR 'Zoprika'
    £14.50
    The outside of the elegant trumpet shaped flowers is rich purply-pink with white margins, tips and inside. A truly beautiful flower to grace your garden. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  9. Triternata Rubromarginata
    £12.50
    (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
  10. Abundance
    £10.75
    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
  11. Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £10.75
    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
  12. Clematis viticella 'Royal Velours'
    £10.75
    The semi-nodding flowers are a rich purply-red with a luxurious velvety appearance. One of my personal favourites! Learn More
  13. Clematis viticella 'Walenburg'
    £10.75
    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
  14. AVANT-GARDE™ 'Evipo033'
    £15.00
    These unusual deep pinky-red flowers have a pale pink pom-pom like centre and strongly recurved tips to the tepals. Learn More
  15. Five Flavour Berry Image courtesy of Szczepan Marczynski
    £12.50
    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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