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. 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
  2. Passiflora caerulea
    £10.75
    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
  3. Clematis viticella
    £10.75
    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
  4. TWINKLE 'Zotwi'
    £13.50
    Dainty bell shaped flowers of white have a pale sky-blue at the 'crown' of the flower and the tepals gently twist towards the ends. An abundant and prolific clump forming clematis ideal for scrambling in the border, up a short support or in a container. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    £12.50
    The clusters of small white star-shaped flowers have a gorgeous hawthorn-like perfume, from which it gets its common name 'Sweet Autumn Clematis'. Learn More
  8. TAE 'Toltae' PBR
    £14.50
    The eye-catching star-shaped blooms are white, overlaid with very rich purply-pink along the bar. The margins are also outlined with this deep colouring. A satin sheen & crown of purply-pink stamens make a striking effect. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited Learn More
  9. Clematis serratifolia
    £11.75
    The light butter-yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers open out to reveal striking reddish-purple stamens. Grow in a sunny position to enhance its lovely citrus-like perfume. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  10. ROSALYN 'Zo09087'
    £14.50
    This incredible new clematis bred by Wim Snoeijer in The Netherlands is quite unique and will certainly attract those who seek something a little different to plant in their gardens. The rich abundance of these eye-catching spiky multi-layered magenta flowers is a sight to behold. Learn More
  11. rehderiana
    £10.75
    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
  12. recta Purpurea
    £12.50
    Glorious purply-bronze foliage with clusters of small white star-shaped flowers that have a hawthorn-like perfume. An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect stems. Learn More
  13. Clematis 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
  14. Clematis potaninii
    £12.50
    The dainty pure white flowers have prettily crimped margins and a prominent crown of yellow stamens in the centre. A vigorous plant which looks best when given a 'free-rein' and allowed to scramble naturally. Learn More
  15. Clematis PISTACHIO™ 'Evirida'
    £15.00
    The elegant creamy-white blooms have an unusual crown of pinkish-grey inward curled anthers with a prominent tuft of green stigmas in the centre. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  16. Petit Faucon
    £10.75
    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
  17. paniculata
    £13.50
    A native of New Zealand, this evergreen clematis has clusters of delicately scented creamy-white flowers that bear male and female flowers on separate plants. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Learn More
  18. napaulensis
    £12.50
    The greenish-cream nodding bell-shaped flowers have long reddish-pink anthers. The foliage is winter-green, it has a period of dormancy in the summer when it can lose its leaves. Requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  19. Clematis MIENIE BELLE PBR 'Zomibel'
    £14.50
    The exceptionally pretty trumpet shaped flowers are pearly rose-pink with pale mauve-pink margins. A compact and very free flowering plant, which performs very well in pots and in the garden. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  20. MAXIMA ('Wellmax') PBR
    £14.50
    NEW! Named after Queen Maxima of Holland. Available Summer 2016. 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

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