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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 'Taiga'
    £19.50

    Thorncroft Clematis selected Exclusively to make the Official plant launch at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Astonishingly pretty and totally unique! The attractive double blue-purple flowers have a greeny-white tip to the tepals and appear from summer through to autumn.

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  8. Clematis 'Yukikomachi'
    £10.75
    The charming blooms have broad pale mauve-blue undulating margins that are enhanced by a white bar. Blooms profusely and semi-continuously from late spring to mid autumn. Learn More
  9. Clematis 'Yukiokoshi'
    £11.75
    (syn. patens ‘Yukiokoshi’) The distinctive, irregular, almost 'ragged' looking double white blooms have pale green bars on the early flowers. Despite the description it's a really lovely flower that is always popular at Chelsea! Learn More
  10. Baby Doll
    £12.50
    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
  11. BABY STAR 'Zobast'
    £12.50
    The charming white star-shaped flowers are occasionally semi-double. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  12. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £12.50
    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
  13. CASSIS™ 'Evipo020'
    £15.00
    The gorgeous double rosette-like blooms have a mottled appearance, their cream base is heavily overlaid with blackcurrant-purple. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  14. florida Alba Plena
    £14.50
    (syn. florida 'Plena', florida var. flore-pleno). This pretty double flowered clematis has greeny-cream rosette-like blooms. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  15. Clematis florida 'Sieboldiana'
    £14.50
    (syn. florida 'Sieboldii', florida 'Bicolor') The creamy-white tepals have a rich purple crown of staminodes. Blooms can occasionally revert to 'Alba Plena'. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  16. Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS PBR 'Zofori'
    £12.50
    Fast becoming a favourite of ours - Its beautifully textured satin-white star-shaped flowers have contrasting dusky red anthers. Exceptionally free-flowering! Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  17. Bill Mackenzie
    £11.75
    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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Helios
    £11.75
    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

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