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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Jasper
    £10.75
    The semi-nodding creamy-yellow flowers have a delicate perfume and are produced in great abundance on this vigorous climber. Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. Clematis 'Remembrance'
    £10.75
    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
  8. Clematis 'Shikoo'
    £12.50
    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
  9. Solidarność
    £11.75
    The sumptuous dark velvety red blooms mature to a rich mid-red with a slightly lighter bar. Named after Solidarity, the Polish Independent Trade Union. Pronounced Solidar-noush-tch. Learn More
  10. Sweet Summer Love
    £12.50
    The pleasantly scented flowers are a rich deep red when first open, maturing through purply-red and paling to light purplish violet. A striking, vigorous climber. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  11. '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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  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. ANNABELLA ’Zo08169’PBRaf
    £15.00
    Dainty urn-shaped flowers of pale lilac become almost white at the recurving tips of the blooms. Long flowering and compact so ideal for short supports or containers. Learn More
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. campaniflora
    £11.75
    A native of Portugal and Western Spain, it has the most dainty little bluey-white nodding bell-shaped flowers whose tips are strongly recurved. This 'wild' clematis is worthy of space in your garden. Learn More
  18. 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
  19. CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN™ 'Fairy Blue' 'Evipo038'
    £15.00
    The fabulous lilac-blue flowers have an amazing fountain-like centre of silvery-mauve petaloid stamens. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  20. Clematis flammula
    £12.50
    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

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