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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®
    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. Advent Bells Pictures Courtesy of Roy Nunn
    £13.50
    A charming cream flower that has a very heavily freckled and striped inside of red, will provide a great profusion of dainty hanging blooms during the winter months. More abundant than the ever popular Freckles. Learn More
  3. Avalanche
    £13.50
    Clusters of glorious pure white 'male' flowers with yellow stamens are the largest blooms in this group. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Learn More
  4. Clematis 'Golden Harvest'
    £12.50
    (Syn. serratifolia 'Golden Harvest') The light butter-yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers open out to reveal striking reddish-purple stamens. Grow in a sunny position to enhance its lovely citrus-like perfume. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  5. Jasper
    £11.25
    The semi-nodding creamy-yellow flowers have a delicate perfume and are produced in great abundance on this vigorous climber. Learn More
  6. Paul Farges (Summer Snow)
    £11.25
    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. 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
  8. Sweet Summer Love
    £13.50
    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
  9. Wisley Cream
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'). Cream nodding bell-shaped flowers. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  10. Landsdown Gem
    £13.50
    Dainty bell-shaped flowers are a dull claret colour inside with a cream reverse and have cream anthers. The plant was discovered as a sport of 'Freckles' in 1995 by Merv Jerard of Christchurch, New Zealand. Learn More
  11. Ourika Valley
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Ourika Valley'). The nodding bell-shaped flowers are pale lime green when first open maturing to yellowy-cream. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  12. cirrhosa var. balearica
    £13.50
    The nodding yellowy-cream bell-shaped flowers mature to creamy-white, with rusty-maroon freckles inside. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. 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
  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. Clematis serratifolia
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Clematis tangutica 'Lambton Park'
    £12.50
    The bright yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers are followed by silky seedheads. Grow in a sunny position to enhance the coconut-like perfume. A favourite in our garden. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. 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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