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. Actinidia arguta VITIKIWI®
    £15.00
    Fantastic fruits from an attractive hardy, prolific kiwi cultivar that sets fruit without pollination. The flowers are creamy-white, set in threes at each internode and have black anthers. The plant starts bearing fruit in the 1st-2nd year after planting. Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Advent Bells Pictures Courtesy of Roy Nunn
    £12.50
    A charming cream flower that has a very heavily freckled and striped inside of red, will provide a great profusion of dainty hanging blooms during the winter months. More abundant than the ever popular Freckles. Learn More
  4. 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
  5. Anita
    £11.75
    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
  6. Avalanche
    £16.50
    Clusters of glorious pure white 'male' flowers with yellow stamens are the largest blooms in this group. An evergreen climber requiring a sheltered site and free draining soil. Learn More
  7. Bells of Emei Shan (repens)
    £12.50
    (syn. repens) The pretty yellow nodding urn-shaped flowers dangle from the leaf axils. In a sheltered position it can remain semi-evergreen and benefits from a free draining soil. Learn More
  8. Best Wishes
    £12.50
    The mauvy-white tepals have a deep pinky-mauve bar and are heavily overlaid with purple freckles. The depth of colour changes during the flowering period, adding to its unique charm. Requires shelter, free draining soil and winter protection. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Learn More
  9. Bill Mackenzie
    £11.75
    (syn. orientalis 'Bill MacKenzie') Its bright yellow nodding, lantern-shaped flowers have distinctive dark reddish-brown stamens that leave excellent silky seed-heads. Excellent for late flowers. Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit. Learn More
  10. Blue Dwarf
    £12.50
    Clusters of pretty silvery-blue hyacinth shaped flowers with glaucous foliage. An excellent 'front of border' plant. This clump-forming clematis has erect woody stems and requires free draining soil. Learn More
  11. Buckland Beauty
    £10.75
    The exotic looking purply-red nodding urn shaped flowers, mature to very deep mauve-pink, have a delicate sheen and recurving tips to its thick waxy tepals. Learn More
  12. Duchess of Albany
    £12.50
    The beautiful, deep pink trumpet shaped flowers have paler candy-pink margins. A classic, widely grown and much loved old cultivar. Learn More
  13. 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
  14. Early Sensation
    £14.50
    The 'female' flowers are greeny-cream on opening, maturing to pure white. An evergreen climber requiring free draining soil and winter protection. Grow near 'Avalanche' or 'Joe' to get amazing seedheads! Learn More
  15. Clematis 'Fond Memories'
    £12.50
    The palest pinky-white blooms have an elegant satin sheen, its margins are outlined with deep rosy-lavender. The reverse is very deep rosy-lavender. Very free-flowering and extremely hardy - it makes a wonderful gift. Unlicensed Propagation Prohibited. Introduced by us in 2004. Learn More
  16. Freckles
    £12.50
    The pale cream nodding bell-shaped flowers are very heavily freckled inside with rusty maroon. An evergreen climber that requires a sunny, sheltered position and free draining soil. Learn More
  17. Geoffrey Tolver
    £12.50
    Deep velvety reddish purple. The distinct stamens have white filaments and purple anthers. Named after the late Geoffrey Tolver, Ruth's father. Semi-herbaceous, non-clinging, semi-climber or scrambler. Learn More
  18. Clematis 'Gravetye Beauty'
    £12.50
    (syn. 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
  19. 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
  20. Hanajima
    £11.75
    The very deep mauvish-pink nodding bell-shaped flowers have light pink margins to their twisted tepals. An herbaceous, clump-forming clematis with scrambling stems. Learn More

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