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®

    Regular Price: £15.00

    Special Price £7.50

    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. Blue Dwarf
    £13.50
    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
  3. 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
  4. Praecox
    £11.25
    (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
  5. Clematis 'Rooguchi'
    £11.25
    Rich shiny purple, deeply ribbed bell-shaped flowers with silvery-purple margins. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  6. 'Sonnette'
    £13.50
    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
  7. Clematis 'Yukikomachi'

    Regular Price: £11.25

    Special Price £7.50

    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
  8. Freckles
    £13.50
    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
  9. Clematis flammula
    £13.50
    The clusters of small white star-like flowers have a sweet hawthorn scent. A deciduous, or semi-evergreen climber which requires free draining soil. Learn More
  10. Clematis heracleifolia 'New Love'
    £13.50
    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
  11. Tubulosa Wyevale
    £13.50
    The mid blue hyacinth shaped flowers are borne in clusters and have a gorgeous perfume. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  12. Clematis intricata 'Vince Denny'
    £12.50
    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
  13. Bill Mackenzie
    £12.50
    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
  14. Petit Faucon
    £11.25
    The nodding to outward facing flowers have four rich bluey-purple tepals. The stamens have rosy-purple filaments and golden yellow anthers. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  15. rehderiana
    £11.25
    The dainty pale yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers are borne in clusters and have a cowslip-like perfume. Occasionally slow to establish but is definitely worth the wait! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  16. Anita
    £12.50
    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
  17. Helios
    £12.50
    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
  18. Clematis tangutica GOLDEN TIARA® 'Kugotia'
    £12.50
    Attractive bright golden-yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive contrasting reddish-purple stamens and leave silky seedheads. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  19. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    £13.50
    The clusters of small white star-shaped flowers have a gorgeous hawthorn-like perfume, from which it gets its common name 'Sweet Autumn Clematis'. Learn More
  20. Duchess of Albany
    £13.50
    The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar. Learn More

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