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. '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
  2. 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
  3. Cassandra
    £12.50
    The clusters of rich deep blue hyacinth shaped flowers are strongly scented. A favourite in our garden. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Clematis 'Pangbourne Pink'
    £10.75
    (syn. integrifolia 'Pangbourne Pink'). The nodding bell-shaped flowers are a gloriously rich deep rose-pink. Some people can detect a delicate perfume. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  11. 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
  12. Clematis 'Rosea'
    £10.75
    The mid mauvy-pink nodding bell-shaped flowers merge to paler pink at their beautifully twisted tips. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More
  13. Swedish Bells
    £12.50
    The nodding bell-shaped flowers are lavender-blue with paler bluey-white margins. A delightful addition to any garden with these enchanting 'dancing' flowers. Learn More
  14. Clematis 'Sweetheart'
    £12.50
    The slightly twisted tepals of the gorgeous mauve-pink blooms have a deeper bar. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  15. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £12.50
    Highly praised by Gardening Which? in 2010. The bluish-lilac star-shaped flowers have a deeper lilac bar and are produced in abundance. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging scrambler. Learn More
  16. Clematis mandschurica
    £12.50
    The clusters of white star-like flowers have a good scent. An excellent scrambler! An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect or scrambling stems. Learn More
  17. recta Purpurea
    £12.50
    Glorious purply-bronze foliage with clusters of small white star-shaped flowers that have a hawthorn-like perfume. An herbaceous, clump-forming plant with semi-erect stems. Learn More
  18. Tubulosa Wyevale
    £12.50
    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
  19. TWINKLE 'Zotwi'
    £13.50
    Dainty bell shaped flowers of white have a pale sky-blue at the 'crown' of the flower and the tepals gently twist towards the ends. An abundant and prolific clump forming clematis ideal for scrambling in the border, up a short support or in a container. Learn More

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