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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. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £13.50
    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
  2. campaniflora
    £12.50
    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
  3. Clematis CASSIS™ 'Evipo020'
    £16.00
    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
  4. Clematis cirrhosa 'Advent Bells' Pictures Courtesy of Roy Nunn
    £14.50

    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. A superb evergreen climber that requires a free draining soil.
    Advent Bells is a cross between napaulensis and Freckles, meaning it will usually have a summer dormancy.

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  5. Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'
    £13.50
    The pale cream nodding bell-shaped flowers are very heavily freckled inside with rusty maroon. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  6. Clematis cirrhosa 'Jingle Bells'
    £13.50
    (syn. cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Jingle Bells'). The creamy-white nodding bell-shaped flowers have a hint of citrus scent. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  7. Clematis cirrhosa 'Lansdowne 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 Lansdowne Valley, Christchurch, New Zealand. Often misspelt clematis 'Landsdown Gem' Learn More
  8. Clematis cirrhosa 'Ourika Valley'
    £13.50
    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
  9. Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'
    £13.50
    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. Clematis 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
  11. Clematis CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN™ 'Fairy Blue' 'Evipo038'
    £16.00
    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
  12. Clematis florida 'Best Wishes'
    £13.50
    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
  13. Clematis florida 'Alba Plena'
    £15.00

    (syn. florida 'Plena', florida 'Alba Plena'). This pretty double flowered clematis has greeny-cream rosette-like blooms. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection.

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  14. Clematis florida 'Sieboldiana'
    £15.00
    (syn. florida 'Sieboldii', florida 'Bicolor') The creamy-white tepals have a rich purple crown of staminodes. Blooms can occasionally revert to 'Alba Plena'. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  15. Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS PBR 'Zofori'
    £13.50
    Fast becoming a favourite of ours - Its beautifully textured satin-white star-shaped flowers have contrasting dusky red anthers. Exceptionally free-flowering! Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  16. Clematis heracleifolia 'Cassandra'
    £13.50

    As featured by Carol Klein on BBC Gardeners World
    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.

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  17. Clematis heracleifolia 'Mrs Robert Brydon'
    £11.25
    The clusters of small white, scented flowers are tinged with grey-mauve or pale blue. Semi-herbaceous, deciduous, vigorous semi-climber or scrambler. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  18. Clematis heracleifolia 'New Love'
    £13.50
    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
  19. Clematis heracleifolia '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
  20. Clematis heracleifolia 'Wyevale'
    £13.50
    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

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