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. Actinidia arguta VITIKIWI®
    £15.00
    Fantastic fruits from an attractive hardy, prolific kiwi cultivar that sets fruit without pollination. The flowers are creamy-white, set in threes at each internode and have black anthers. The plant starts bearing fruit in the 1st-2nd year after planting. Learn More
  2. 'Alba' (integrifolia)
    £11.75
    Dainty nodding bell-shaped flowers of pure white have an occasional hint of blue at the base of the tepals and a sweet scent. Super for front of border interest. Learn More
  3. Anita
    £11.75
    The pretty creamy-yellow nodding buds open as pure white outward-facing flowers. This lovely clematis can either be light or hard pruned depending on the area needing to be covered. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  4. Bells of Emei Shan (repens)
    £12.50
    (syn. repens) The pretty yellow nodding urn-shaped flowers dangle from the leaf axils. In a sheltered position it can remain semi-evergreen and benefits from a free draining soil. Learn More
  5. Best Wishes
    £12.50
    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
  6. Buckland Beauty
    £10.75
    The exotic looking purply-red nodding urn shaped flowers, mature to very deep mauve-pink, have a delicate sheen and recurving tips to its thick waxy tepals. Learn More
  7. Clematis 'Fond Memories'
    £12.50
    The palest pinky-white blooms have an elegant satin sheen, its margins are outlined with deep rosy-lavender. The reverse is very deep rosy-lavender. Very free-flowering and extremely hardy - it makes a wonderful gift. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Introduced by us in 2004. Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Hagelby White
    £12.50
    The dainty semi-nodding flowers are slightly greeny-cream when first open and mature to almost pure white. The variety was discovered in Hagelby Park, Stockholm, and introduced in 1998 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Swedish Clematis Society. Learn More
  10. Clematis 'Hakuree'
    £11.75
    The delicately scented, bluish-white nodding bell-shaped flowers have twisted tepals that reveal a mauve-blue bar on the inside. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More
  11. Hanajima
    £11.75
    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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Clematis 'Lambton Park'
    £11.75
    (syn. tangutica 'Lambton Park', tangutica 'Lampton Park'). The bright yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers are followed by silky seedheads. Grow in a sunny position to enhance the coconut-like perfume. A favourite in our garden. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  15. 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
  16. Clematis 'Odoriba'
    £15.00
    The outside of the nodding bell-shaped flowers is pale mauvy-pink with deeper pink margins. The inside has white bars and bright rose pink margins. Excellent for cut flowers and a favourite in our garden! Learn More
  17. Clematis 'Ozawas Blue'
    £11.75
    (syn. integrifolia 'Ozawas Blue'). 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
  18. Clematis 'Pamela'
    £12.50
    The white, lightly scented flowers have a prominent crown of stamens and it has lovely bluey-green foliage. An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect stems. Learn More
  19. Paul Farges (Summer Snow)
    £10.75
    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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  20. Praecox
    £10.75
    (syn. x jouiniana 'Praecox'). The clusters of white star-shaped flowers have deep bluey-mauve tips. A clump-forming, vigorous, scrambler that also looks fabulous when trained against a wall. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More

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