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 'Sweetheart'
    £12.50
    The slightly twisted tepals of the gorgeous mauve-pink blooms have a deeper bar. Herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  2. 'Taiga'
    £19.50

    Thorncroft Clematis selected Exclusively to make the Official plant launch at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show! Astonishingly pretty and totally unique! The attractive double blue-purple flowers have a greeny-white tip to the tepals and appear from summer through to autumn.

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  3. Clematis 'Venosa Violacea'
    £11.75
    (syn. viticella 'Venosa Violacea'). The eye-catching flowers have broad deep purple margins that merge towards a white bar which has rosy-purple veins running through it. A lovely crown of stamens further enhance the striking effect of these blooms. Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  4. Clematis 'Vince Denny'
    £11.75
    (syn. intricata 'Vince Denny'). The attractive reddy-chocolate nodding bell-shaped flowers have yellow margins and interior, distinctive reddish-brown stamens and delightful glaucous foliage. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  5. Clematis 'Walenburg'
    £10.75
    The semi-nodding deep purply-red flowers have a creamy-white centre and contrasting purply-red anthers. When in full bloom this clematis makes a breathtaking sight. Absolutely lovely! Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  6. Winter Beauty
    £16.50
    The dainty nodding bell-shaped flowers are pure white and have a waxy texture. The attractive foliage is evergreen and the plant benefits from free-draining soil. Learn More
  7. Wisley Cream
    £12.50
    (syn. cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'). 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
  8. Clematis 'Yukikomachi'
    £10.75
    The charming blooms have broad pale mauve-blue undulating margins that are enhanced by a white bar. Blooms profusely and semi-continuously from late spring to mid autumn. Learn More
  9. Clematis 'Yukiokoshi'
    £11.75
    (syn. patens ‘Yukiokoshi’) The distinctive, irregular, almost 'ragged' looking double white blooms have pale green bars on the early flowers. Despite the description it's a really lovely flower that is always popular at Chelsea! Learn More
  10. ANNABELLA ’Zo08169’PBRaf
    £15.00
    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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. AVANT-GARDE™ 'Evipo033'
    £15.00
    These unusual deep pinky-red flowers have a pale pink pom-pom like centre and strongly recurved tips to the tepals. Learn More
  14. Baby Doll
    £12.50
    The pretty pale blue star-shaped flowers have creamy-white bars & pale yellow anthers. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  15. BABY STAR 'Zobast'
    £12.50
    The charming white star-shaped flowers are occasionally semi-double. A compact, free-flowering climber perfect for a pot! Learn More
  16. BLUE RIVER 'Zoblueriver'
    £12.50
    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
  17. campaniflora
    £11.75
    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
  18. CASSIS™ 'Evipo020'
    £15.00
    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
  19. cirrhosa var. balearica
    £12.50
    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
  20. CRYSTAL FOUNTAIN™ 'Fairy Blue' 'Evipo038'
    £15.00
    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

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