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 texensis 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
  2. Clematis texensis 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
  3. Clematis tibetana 'Orange Peel'
    £11.75
    (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
  4. Triternata Rubromarginata
    £12.50
    (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
  5. Tubulosa Wyevale
    £12.50
    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
  6. Clematis viticella
    £10.75
    The dainty bluey-purple nodding bell-shaped flowers of this 'wild' clematis are perfect for that 'cottage garden' look. A native of Europe introduced to Britain in 1569 when it was known as 'The Virgin's Bower'. Learn More
  7. Abundance
    £10.75
    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
  8. Alba Luxurians
    £10.75
    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
  9. Betty Corning
    £11.75
    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
  10. Dutch Sky
    £12.50
    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
  11. Hagelby White
    £12.50
    The dainty semi-nodding flowers are slightly greeny-cream when first open and mature to almost pure white. The variety was discovered in Hagelby Park, Stockholm, and introduced in 1998 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Swedish Clematis Society. Learn More
  12. Kaiu
    £12.50
    (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
  13. Clematis viticella 'Little Nell'
    £10.75
    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
  14. Margot Koster
    £10.75
    This lovely old clematis has irregular, somewhat 'dishevelled-looking' flowers of deep mauve-pink, which nevertheless are extremely attractive! Learn More
  15. Maria Cornelia
    £12.50
    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
  16. Clematis viticella 'Mary Rose' (Flore Pleno)
    £15.00
    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
  17. Clematis viticella 'Odoriba'
    £15.00
    The outside of the nodding bell-shaped flowers is pale mauvy-pink with deeper pink margins. The inside has white bars and bright rose pink margins. Excellent for cut flowers and a favourite in our garden! Learn More
  18. Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'
    £10.75
    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
  19. Clematis viticella 'Prince Charles'
    £10.75
    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
  20. Clematis viticella 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
    £10.75
    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

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