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. Ourika Valley
    £12.50
    (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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. Pixie
    £12.50
    The pale greeny-cream star-shaped 'male' flowers have the most gorgeous citrus-like perfume. Evergreen, prostrate habit. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  7. Clematis 'Polish Spirit'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Polish Spirit'). The dark purple flowers have a slight reddish-purple bar which fades to bluey-purple as the blooms mature. An excellent choice to give later flowers in your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  8. Praecox
    £10.75
    (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
  9. Clematis 'Prince Charles'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Prince Charles'). This gorgeous blue clematis opens light azure blue with a hint of pink along the central bar. As the blooms mature they become more mauve-blue, losing the pink tint. An outstanding performer! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  10. Clematis 'Princess Diana'
    £12.50
    This eye-catching clematis has rich deep pink trumpet shaped flowers with paler mauve-pink margins. A 'classy' addition for your garden. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  11. Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'). This lovely clematis has double dusky-magenta rosette shaped flowers and makes a wonderful sight when in full bloom. These elegant blooms are excellent as cut flowers. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  12. Clematis 'Remembrance'
    £10.75
    The gorgeous light raspberry-red flowers mature to very deep pink. Their deeply textured surface has a lovely satin sheen which is offset by a crown of contrasting yellow stamens. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Clematis 'Royal Velours'
    £10.75
    (syn. viticella 'Royal Velours', 'Royal Velour'). The semi-nodding flowers are a rich purply-red with a luxurious velvety appearance. One of my personal favourites! Learn More
  16. Clematis 'Shikoo'
    £12.50
    The exotic looking rosette-like blooms are rich purply-blue with slightly paler bars to their elegantly pointed tepals. Its later flowers are sometimes single. Introduced by us at Chelsea 2012. Learn More
  17. Solidarność
    £11.75
    The sumptuous dark velvety red blooms mature to a rich mid-red with a slightly lighter bar. Named after Solidarity, the Polish Independent Trade Union. Pronounced Solidar-noush-tch. Learn More
  18. 'Sonnette'
    £14.50
    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
  19. 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
  20. Sweet Summer Love
    £12.50
    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

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