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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 'Alba' (integrifolia)
    £12.50
    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
  5. Clematis integrifolia 'Pangbourne Pink'
    £11.25
    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
  6. Clematis integrifolia 'Rosea'
    £11.25
    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
  7. 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
  8. Clematis mandschurica
    £13.50
    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
  9. Clematis MASA™ 'Evipo089'
    £16.00
    clematis MASA™ has exotic looking flowers are very abundant, rich bluey-purple tepals and with deep purple anthers that have a silvery sheen. Prolific and easy to grow. Learn More
  10. Clematis MICHIKO™ 'Evipo044'
    £13.50
    Clematis MICHIKO an excellent new addition to this group. The compact stems provide an abundance of pretty white flowers. An evergreen with prostrate growing habit or can be trained vertically if desired and requiring free draining soil. Learn More
  11. Clematis montana 'Pictons Variety'
    £11.25
    montana 'Picton's Variety' has a classic rounded montana flowers of deep mauvy-pink against a rich bronze foliage. Less invasive than some montana and easy to train. Learn More
  12. montana 'Primrose Star'
    £11.25
    Very pale primrose yellow semi-double blooms are very abundant on this lovely prolific flowering montana, one of the more compact growers suitable for smaller gardens. Requires free draining soil conditions. Learn More
  13. napaulensis
    £13.50
    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
  14. Clematis orientalis '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. Clematis PETIT FAUCON™ 'Evisix'
    £11.25
    The nodding to outward facing flowers have four rich bluey-purple tepals. The stamens have rosy-purple filaments and golden yellow anthers. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  16. Clematis PISTACHIO™ 'Evirida'
    £16.00
    The elegant creamy-white blooms have an unusual crown of pinkish-grey inward curled anthers with a prominent tuft of green stigmas in the centre. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  17. Clematis recta 'Purpurea'
    £13.50
    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. rehderiana
    £12.50
    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
  19. Clematis stans
    £11.25
    A species from Japan that has clusters of small bluish-white to pale blue hyacinth shaped flowers which occasionally have a slight perfume. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  20. TAE 'Toltae' PBR
    £13.50
    The eye-catching star-shaped blooms are white, overlaid with very rich purply-pink along the bar. The margins are also outlined with this deep colouring. A satin sheen & crown of purply-pink stamens make a striking effect. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited Learn More

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