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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. Avalanche
    £13.50
    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. Learn More
  2. Early Sensation
    £13.50
    The 'female' flowers are greeny-cream on opening, maturing to pure white. An evergreen climber requiring free draining soil and winter protection. Grow near 'Avalanche' or 'Joe' to get amazing seedheads! Learn More
  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Wisley Cream
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'). 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Ourika Valley
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Ourika Valley'). 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
  13. cirrhosa var. balearica
    £13.50
    The nodding yellowy-cream bell-shaped flowers mature to creamy-white, with rusty-maroon freckles inside. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  14. Hanajima
    £12.50
    The very deep mauvish-pink nodding bell-shaped flowers have light pink margins to their twisted tepals. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More
  15. Clematis integrifolia 'Ozawas Blue'
    £12.50
    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
  16. Clematis integrifolia 'Rosea'
    £11.25
    The mid mauvy-pink nodding bell-shaped flowers merge to paler pink at their beautifully twisted tips. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More
  17. Avalanche
  18. montana 'Primrose Star' Image courtesy of New Leaf Plants
    £11.25
    Very pale primrose yellow semi-double blooms are very abundant on this lovely prolific montana. Learn More
  19. Bill Mackenzie
    £12.50
    Its bright yellow nodding, lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive dark reddish-brown stamens that leave excellent silky seed-heads. Excellent for late flowers. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  20. 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

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