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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. Anita
    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
  2. Helios
    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
  3. Clematis tangutica 'Lambton Park'
    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
  4. Clematis tangutica GOLDEN TIARA® 'Kugotia'
    Attractive bright golden-yellow nodding lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive contrasting reddish-purple stamens and leave silky seedheads. Requires free draining soil. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  5. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    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
  6. Duchess of Albany
    The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar. Learn More
  7. Clematis texensis 'Gravetye Beauty'
    The elegant deep, rich red trumpet shaped flowers have paler mauve-pink margins on the reverse. A very popular cultivar and one of our favourites. Learn More
  8. Clematis texensis 'Princess Diana'
    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
  9. ANNABELLA ’Zo08169’PBRaf
    Dainty urn-shaped flowers of pale lilac become almost white at the recurving tips of the blooms. Long flowering and compact so ideal for short supports or containers. Learn More
  10. Clematis texensis PRINCESS KATE PBR 'Zoprika'
    The outside of the elegant trumpet shaped flowers is rich purply-pink with white margins, tips and inside. A truly beautiful flower to grace your garden. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  11. Clematis tibetana 'Orange Peel'

    Regular Price: £12.50

    Special Price £10.00

    (syns. tibetana subsp. vernayi var. vernayi 'Orange Peel', and L & S 13342). The deep golden yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers mature to rusty-orange, with attractive seedheads and finely cut foliage. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  12. Triternata Rubromarginata
    (syn. flammula 'Rubromarginata', x triternata 'Rubromarginata'). The clusters of small almond-scented star-like flowers are white with rich red tips. A favourite in our garden! Learn More
  13. Clematis VIENNETTA™ 'Evipo006'
    Available Autumn. Clematis VIENNETTA™ has stunning blooms have cream tepals with a dome-shaped purple centre that is mottled with cream. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  14. Abundance
    The pretty semi-nodding pinky-red flowers have a deeply textured surface and crimped margins. Aptly named, the blooms are indeed produced in great abundance. Learn More
  15. Alba Luxurians
    The semi-nodding irregular shaped white flowers have green 'leaf-like' tips to its early blooms. These delightful blooms are treasured by flower-arrangers. Learn More
  16. Clematis viticella 'Betty Corning'
    Pretty pale bluey-mauve nodding bell-shaped flowers, whose pointed tips open and twist slightly to reveal a deeper bluey-mauve and textured inside. The delicate perfume is more noticeable when planted in the sun. Learn More
  17. Dutch Sky
    The pretty bluey-white flowers merge to light blue margins and tips. The reverse has the same colouring with distinctive purple ribs. It is exceptionally free-flowering. Learn More
  18. Kaiu
    (syn. texensis 'Kaiu'). The dainty pearly-white nodding urn-shaped flowers have a pinky-mauve blush. A vigorous grower that makes a good companion to large shrubs, and whose delightful blooms make excellent cut flowers. Learn More
  19. Clematis viticella 'Little Nell'

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    The dainty semi-nodding flowers have white bars and pale mauve-pink margins. Despite its delicate appearance it is an exceptionally 'good-doer' and an excellent garden plant. Learn More
  20. Margot Koster
    This lovely old clematis has irregular, somewhat 'dishevelled-looking' flowers of deep mauve-pink, which nevertheless are extremely attractive! Learn More

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