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:
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
The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar. Learn More
(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
(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
(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
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
NEW! Named after Queen Maxima of Holland. Available Summer 2016.
These large and vibrant trumpet shaped flowers are deep rich pink with paler margins and rich pink inside. They are very large compared to others in this group. Learn More
The exceptionally pretty trumpet shaped flowers are pearly rose-pink with pale mauve-pink margins. A compact and very free flowering plant, which performs very well in pots and in the garden. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
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.