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. Akebia Quinata
    £10.75
    A climber with bright green leaves and wonderfully fragrant reddish-purple flowers, sometimes followed by purple fruits. Learn More
  2. 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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  3. armandii
    £16.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More
  4. Snowdrift
    £16.50
    The clusters of white flowers have a good perfume. A superb evergreen climber that requires free draining soil, sunny aspect to enhance perfume, whilst avoiding very exposed situations. Learn More
  5. napaulensis
    £12.50
    The greenish-cream nodding bell-shaped flowers have long reddish-pink anthers. The foliage is winter-green, it has a period of dormancy in the summer when it can lose its leaves. Requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  6. Clematis potaninii
    £12.50
    The dainty pure white flowers have prettily crimped margins and a prominent crown of yellow stamens in the centre. A vigorous plant which looks best when given a 'free-rein' and allowed to scramble naturally. Learn More
  7. Anita
    £11.75
    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
  8. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    £12.50
    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
  9. Five Flavour Berry Image courtesy of Szczepan Marczynski
    £12.50
    A Ukrainian, plant abundant in fruit, in China called wu-wei-zi, which means five flavour berry. This is a magnificent climbing plant, particularly useful for planting along fences and building walls, but can also be trained over arbours, pergolas and other supports. It bears fruit in the 4th-6th year after planting is frost hardy and requires rich soil, wet but not boggy. Learn More

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