Fast-growing flowering vines that grow in the shade

Updated February 21, 2017

Climbing vines are excellent plants to grow against a trellis or arbor. Vines can be used to climb over doorways and accent areas of your garden where other plants cannot grow.


Annual vines grow very quickly because they only last one season. Morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea) can reach lengths of more than 10 feet in two months. They can grow in full sun or partial shade and thrive in moist, well-drained soils.


Perennial climbing vines will come back year after year so there is no need to replant. The climbing hydrangea (H. anomala subsp. petiolaris) grows quickly and can reach lengths of up to 60 feet. It grows well in partial shade and moist, well-drained soils.


Climbing vines can disguise unattractive areas. They can add an accent to your mailbox or fence posts. They can grow in rock gardens and up stone walls. They add a splash of colour where you normally would not find any. They are easy to grow and require little maintenance.

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