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 flammula
    £12.50
    The clusters of small white star-like flowers have a sweet hawthorn scent. A deciduous, or semi-evergreen climber which requires free draining soil. Learn More
  2. florida Alba Plena
    £14.50
    (syn. florida 'Plena', florida var. flore-pleno). This pretty double flowered clematis has greeny-cream rosette-like blooms. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Learn More
  3. Clematis florida 'Sieboldiana'
    £14.50
    (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
  4. Clematis FOREVER FRIENDS PBR 'Zofori'
    £12.50
    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
  5. Clematis GOLDEN TIARA® 'Kugotia'
    £11.75
    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
  6. Clematis mandschurica
    £12.50
    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
  7. MAXIMA ('Wellmax') PBR
    £14.50
    NEW! Named after Queen Maxima of Holland. Available Summer 2016. These large and vibrant trumpet shaped flowers are deep rich pink with paler margins and rich pink inside. They are very large compared to others in this group. Learn More
  8. Clematis MIENIE BELLE PBR 'Zomibel'
    £14.50
    The exceptionally pretty trumpet shaped flowers are pearly rose-pink with pale mauve-pink margins. A compact and very free flowering plant, which performs very well in pots and in the garden. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  9. napaulensis
    £12.50
    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
  10. paniculata
    £13.50
    A native of New Zealand, this evergreen clematis has clusters of delicately scented creamy-white flowers that bear male and female flowers on separate plants. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Learn More
  11. Petit Faucon
    £10.75
    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
  12. Clematis PISTACHIO™ 'Evirida'
    £15.00
    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
  13. Clematis potaninii
    £12.50
    The dainty pure white flowers have prettily crimped margins and a prominent crown of yellow stamens in the centre. A vigorous plant which looks best when given a 'free-rein' and allowed to scramble naturally. Learn More
  14. Clematis PRINCESS KATE PBR 'Zoprika'
    £14.50
    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
  15. recta Purpurea
    £12.50
    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
  16. rehderiana
    £10.75
    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
  17. ROSALYN 'Zo09087'
    £14.50
    This incredible new clematis bred by Wim Snoeijer in The Netherlands is quite unique and will certainly attract those who seek something a little different to plant in their gardens. The rich abundance of these eye-catching spiky multi-layered magenta flowers is a sight to behold. Learn More
  18. Clematis serratifolia
    £11.75
    The light butter-yellow nodding bell-shaped flowers open out to reveal striking reddish-purple stamens. Grow in a sunny position to enhance its lovely citrus-like perfume. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  19. TAE 'Toltae' PBR
    £14.50
    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
  20. Clematis terniflora (Sweet Autumn Clematis)
    £12.50
    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

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