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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. Kaiu
    £13.50
    (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
  2. Clematis viticella 'Little Nell'
    £11.25
    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
  3. Margot Koster
    £11.25
    This lovely old clematis has irregular, somewhat 'dishevelled-looking' flowers of deep mauve-pink, which nevertheless are extremely attractive! Learn More
  4. Maria Cornelia
    £13.50
    The delightful semi-nodding creamy-white flowers mature to pure white and have a lovely crown of contrasting purple stamens. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  5. Clematis viticella 'Mary Rose' (Flore Pleno)
    £16.00
    It is believed that this gorgeous old clematis dates from the 1500's. It's semi-nodding rosette-like double flowers are deep dusky-amethyst. Learn More
  6. Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'
    £11.25
    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
  7. Clematis viticella 'Prince Charles'
    £11.25
    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
  8. Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £11.25
    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
  9. Clematis viticella 'Royal Velours'
    £11.25
    The semi-nodding flowers are a rich purply-red with a luxurious velvety appearance. One of my personal favourites! Learn More
  10. Clematis viticella 'Venosa Violacea'
    £12.50
    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
  11. 'Walenburg'
    £11.25
    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
  12. 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
  13. ROSALYN 'Zo09087'
    £15.00
    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
  14. Passiflora caerulea
    £11.25
    Common Passion Flower. Semi-evergreen climber with beautifully intricate white flowers, sometimes flushed pink, with a central purply-blue crown. Requires free draining soil. Learn More
  15. Five Flavour Berry Image courtesy of Szczepan Marczynski

    Regular Price: £13.50

    Special Price £7.50

    A Ukrainian, plant abundant in fruit, in China called wu-wei-zi, which means five flavour berry. This is a magnificent climbing plant, particularly useful for planting along fences and building walls, but can also be trained over arbours, pergolas and other supports. It bears fruit in the 4th-6th year after planting is frost hardy and requires rich soil, wet but not boggy. Learn More

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