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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. John Huxtable at RHS Wisley Trials grounds
    £11.25
    The pretty white flowers are deeply textured and have a wonderful satin sheen. This popular clematis is perfect to brighten any dull spot in your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  2. Clematis 'Remembrance'
    £11.25
    The gorgeous light raspberry-red flowers mature to very deep pink. Their deeply textured surface has a lovely satin sheen which is offset by a crown of contrasting yellow stamens. Learn More
  3. Clematis 'Shikoo'
    £13.50
    The exotic looking rosette-like blooms are rich purply-blue with slightly paler bars to their elegantly pointed tepals. Its later flowers are sometimes single. Introduced by us at Chelsea 2012. Learn More
  4. 'Taiga'
    £16.00

    Launched by Thorncroft Clematis at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 - A Container superstar!
    The attractive double blue-purple flowers have a greeny-white tip to the tepals and appear from summer through to autumn.
    This stunning clematis will light up your patio when grown in a large container with good drainage.

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  5. Clematis 'Yukiokoshi'
    £12.50
    (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
  6. CASSIS™ 'Evipo020'
    £16.00
    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
  7. florida Alba Plena
    £15.00
    (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
  8. Clematis florida 'Best Wishes'
    £13.50
    The mauvy-white tepals have a deep pinky-mauve bar and are heavily overlaid with purple freckles. The depth of colour changes during the flowering period, adding to its unique charm. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  9. Clematis florida 'Sieboldiana'
    £15.00
    (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
  10. Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS PBR 'Zofori'
    £13.50
    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
  11. Clematis MASA™ 'Evipo089'
    £16.00
    clematis MASA™ has exotic looking flowers are very abundant, rich bluey-purple tepals and with deep purple anthers that have a silvery sheen. Prolific and easy to grow. Learn More
  12. Clematis PISTACHIO™ 'Evirida'
    £16.00
    Available Autumn. 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
  13. Clematis VIENNETTA™ 'Evipo006'
    £16.00
    Available Autumn. Clematis VIENNETTA™ has stunning blooms have cream tepals with a dome-shaped purple centre that is mottled with cream. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  14. Dutch Sky
    £13.50
    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
  15. Margot Koster
    £11.25
    This lovely old clematis has irregular, somewhat 'dishevelled-looking' flowers of deep mauve-pink, which nevertheless are extremely attractive! Learn More
  16. Clematis viticella 'Night Veil'
    £12.50
    The slightly reddy purple blooms have a hint of white at the base of each sepal and almost black anthers. Deciduous climber. Learn More
  17. Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'
    £11.25
    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
  18. Clematis viticella 'Prince Charles'
    £11.25
    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
  19. Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea'
    £12.50
    The eye-catching flowers have broad deep purple margins that merge towards a white bar which has rosy-purple veins running through it. A lovely crown of stamens further enhance the striking effect of these blooms. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  20. Passiflora caerulea
    £11.25
    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

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