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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. Clematis 'Avalanche'
    £13.50
    (syn. x cartmanii 'Avalanche', 'Blaaval'). Clusters of glorious pure white 'male' flowers with yellow stamens are the largest blooms in this group. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited.

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  3. Clematis 'Early Sensation'
    £13.50
    The 'female' flowers are greeny-cream on opening, maturing to pure white. An evergreen climber requiring free draining soil. Grow near 'Avalanche' or 'Joe' to get amazing seedheads! Learn More
  4. Clematis 'Golden Harvest'
    £12.50
    (Syn. serratifolia 'Golden Harvest') 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. Swedish Bells
    £13.50
    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
  8. Clematis 'Sweet Summer Love'
    £13.50
    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
  9. Clematis 'White Abundance'
    £13.50
    The creamy-white 'male' flowers have pinkish-beige stamens. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Evergreen climber. Requires free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  10. Winter Beauty
    £16.00
    The dainty nodding bell-shaped flowers are pure white and have a waxy texture. The attractive foliage is evergreen and the plant benefits from free-draining soil. Learn More
  11. Clematis armandii
    £19.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More
  12. Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'
    £19.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More
  13. Baby Doll
    £13.50
    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
  14. BABY STAR 'Zobast'
    £13.50
    The charming white star-shaped flowers are occasionally semi-double. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  15. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £13.50
    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
  16. Clematis cirrhosa 'Calycina'
    £13.50
    clematis cirrhosa Calycina has a very dainty little bell shapped flower of creamy-yellow and on the inside of the bell, creamy-yellow with red freckles and a delightful scent. Available Autumn 2019 Learn More
  17. Clematis cirrhosa '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
  18. Clematis cirrhosa 'Lansdowne Gem'
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Jingle Bells'). The creamy-white nodding bell-shaped flowers have a hint of citrus scent. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  19. Clematis cirrhosa 'Ourika Valley'
    £13.50
    The nodding bell-shaped flowers are pale lime green when first open maturing to yellowy-cream. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  20. Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'
    £13.50
    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

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