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 Luxurians
    £10.75
    The semi-nodding irregular shaped white flowers have green 'leaf-like' tips to its early blooms. These delightful blooms are treasured by flower-arrangers. 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. 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. Blue Dwarf
    £12.50
    Clusters of pretty silvery-blue hyacinth shaped flowers with glaucous foliage. An excellent 'front of border' plant. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  6. 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
  7. Freckles
    £12.50
    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
  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. John Huxtable at RHS Wisley Trials grounds
    £10.75
    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
  11. Clematis 'New Love'
    £12.50
    The clusters of deep violet-blue hyacinth shaped flowers are beautifully scented. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited Learn More
  12. 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
  13. Clematis 'Orange Peel' (tibetana)
    £11.75
    (syns. tibetana subsp. vernayi var. vernayi 'Orange Peel', and L & S 13342). The deep golden yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers mature to rusty-orange, with attractive seedheads and finely cut foliage. Requires free draining soil. 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. 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
  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 'Rooguchi'
    £10.75
    Rich shiny purple, deeply ribbed bell-shaped flowers with silvery-purple margins. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  18. 'Sonnette'
    £14.50
    The dainty urn-shaped flowers are an attractive deep peachy-pink that blends to pale peach at the tips of the tepals. The pointed tepals have peachy-cream margins and their tips recurve to reveal butter yellow anthers. Learn More
  19. Clematis 'Vince Denny'
    £11.75
    (syn. intricata 'Vince Denny'). The attractive reddy-chocolate nodding bell-shaped flowers have yellow margins and interior, distinctive reddish-brown stamens and delightful glaucous foliage. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  20. 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

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