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
    £10.75
    A climber with bright green leaves and wonderfully fragrant reddish-purple flowers, sometimes followed by purple fruits. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Avalanche
    £16.50
    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
  4. Bill Mackenzie
    £11.75
    (syn. orientalis 'Bill MacKenzie') 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
  5. Duchess of Albany
    £12.50
    The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar. Learn More
  6. Dutch Sky
    £12.50
    The pretty bluey-white flowers merge to light blue margins and tips. The reverse has the same colouring with distinctive purple ribs. It is exceptionally free-flowering. Learn More
  7. Geoffrey Tolver
    £12.50
    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
  8. Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty'
    £12.50
    (syn. texensis 'Gravetye Beauty'). 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
  9. Helios
    £11.75
    (syn. tangutica 'Helios', orientalis 'Helios'). The bright lemon-yellow nodding flowers open out flat and have very pointed tepals with swept back tips, followed by silky seedheads. If hard pruned can be grown in a patio container. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  10. Clematis 'Hendersonii'
    £10.75
    (syn. x diversifolia 'Hendersonii'. Previously eriostemon 'Hendersonii'). Dark purply-blue open nodding bell shaped flowers. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  11. Clematis 'Little Nell'
    £10.75
    The dainty semi-nodding flowers have white bars and pale mauve-pink margins. Despite its delicate appearance it is an exceptionally 'good-doer' and an excellent garden plant. Learn More
  12. Margot Koster
    £10.75
    (syn. 'M Koster', 'Margaret Koster'). This lovely old clematis has irregular, somewhat 'dishevelled-looking' flowers of deep mauve-pink, which nevertheless are extremely attractive! Learn More
  13. Maria Cornelia
    £12.50
    The delightful semi-nodding creamy-white flowers mature to pure white and have a lovely crown of contrasting purple stamens. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  14. Clematis 'Polish Spirit'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Polish Spirit'). 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 'Prince Charles'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Prince Charles'). This gorgeous blue clematis opens light azure blue with a hint of pink along the central bar. As the blooms mature they become more mauve-blue, losing the pink tint. An outstanding performer! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  16. Clematis 'Princess Diana'
    £12.50
    This eye-catching clematis has rich deep pink trumpet shaped flowers with paler mauve-pink margins. A 'classy' addition for your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  17. Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'). 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
  18. Clematis 'Rooguchi'
    £10.75
    Rich shiny purple, deeply ribbed bell-shaped flowers with silvery-purple margins. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  19. Clematis 'Royal Velours'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Royal Velours', 'Royal Velour'). The semi-nodding flowers are a rich purply-red with a luxurious velvety appearance. One of my personal favourites! Learn More
  20. Clematis 'Sweetheart'
    £12.50
    The slightly twisted tepals of the gorgeous mauve-pink blooms have a deeper bar. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More

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