Shade Tolerant Perennial Vines

Written by naomi mathews
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    Shade Tolerant Perennial Vines

    Many varieties of perennial vines thrive best when planted in full sun. However, several varieties actually prefer partial to full shade. Shade tolerant perennial vines are excellent landscape vines and can be either deciduous or evergreen. Flowering perennial vines that are shade loving are stunning when grown on sturdy arbors. Evergreen vines provide interest year-round and offer shelter for birds that over winter in cold climates.

    Trumpet vines thrive in the shade. (Trellis Trumpet Vines image by phipix from

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    Clematis Vine

    Clematis vines are hardy flowering perennials that can grow from 10 to 30 feet high. With more than 250 varieties to choose from, it shouldn't be difficult to select one that will be a showstopper. Clematis are twining vines and tolerate partial shade very well. They thrive best when their roots are planted in a cool environment. In cold climates, plant clematis vines in early September so their roots get a good start before the ground freezes. Clematis can also be planted in early spring. Large varieties often produce 100 or more blossoms in a diverse range of colours. Since clematis climb upward, they will require support or staking.

    Clematis vines are shade tolerant. (clematis 1 image by michael luckett from

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    Climbing Hydrangea

    Climbing hydrangea is a deciduous blooming vine that loves shade to partial shade and spreads vertically from 20 to 30 feet. Climbing hydrangeas grow best in well-drained rich soil. Their heart-shaped green leaves and clusters of large off-white flowers make it a striking vine to plant against the northern side of your home. Or, plant a climbing hydrangea next to a tall fence or a wooden arbor. It needs very little pruning and is almost disease-free. The blossoms can be deadheaded in late fall or early spring. Fertilise lightly in the spring with a balanced 10-10-10 fertiliser, following the label directions.

    Climbing hydrangeas are excellent shade vines. (Hydrangea Flowers image by Shannon Workman from

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    Trumpet Vine

    The trumpet vine, also known as the trumpet creeper, is an aggressive vine that can grow 25 to 40 feet high. It grows well in partial shade and is a deciduous perennial vine. Trumpet vine blossoms come with bright orange-salmon or red flowers that attract hummingbirds. This flowering vine blooms throughout summer and late fall. It is the perfect vine to plant if you have some unsightly walls or structures you want to hide. Otherwise, it will need a sturdy support trellis or arbor to accommodate its heavy vines.

    Trumpet vines need sturdy arbors. (Trellis Trumpet Vines image by phipix from

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    Honeysuckle Vine

    Honeysuckle vines are either evergreen or deciduous perennial flowering vines, depending on the variety. They like full sun, but will also thrive in partial shade. This vine is a vigorous grower with fragrant, trumpet-shaped blossoms that bloom throughout summer to early fall. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees are attracted to honeysuckle vines. Honeysuckle vines do best when planted in early spring after all danger of frost is past. They need a trellis or an arbor for climbing on, and require minimal pruning and maintenance.

    Honeysuckle vines attract hummingbirds. (honeysuckle image by Jackie DeBusk from

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