Growing in the shade

needfull(6)April 9, 2006

What can I plant in the shade that will vine up trellis in front of my house.

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cody_mi(z5 MI)

try clematis, silver lace vine, climbing hydrangea, trumpet vine. some of these prefer sun, but will grow fine in a fairly shaded area.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 6:49AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Sweet Autumn Clematis. I've got one in a spot which is only sunny for about 3-4 hours a day and it does just fine.


    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 2:56PM
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As far as I can tell, most require full sun. I'm in Zone 5, western suburbs of Chgo. My local (outstanding!) garden center has a catalog of everything they carry with pretty good descriptions. Here's what they have for part sun to part shade. Please keep in mind, I haven't actually tried any of these, but everything I buy from them lives up to it's description and they don't sell plants that won't grow here. I don't think we are that differnet from SE MI.

P.S. I go there pretty often in the spring, if you have a specific question, I would be happy to ask for you. All of their staff are Certified Master Gardeners and many are specialists in particular types of plants.

P.S.S. I don't see a copyright anywhere on the catalog, so I'm assuming it's ok to post.

Annual Vines
Firecracker vine - Impomoea lobata Revalation
A very showy plant with masses of one to one and a half inch tubular flowers that change in color from soft lemon yellow to deep rusty red in late summer. A delicate looking vine with deeply lobed, ivy-shaped leaves that does great in a hanging basket or on a trellis.
Moisture - well drained
Blooms yellow all season
Grows 10-12' by 18 - 24" wide
Trailing type.

Mandevilla x amabilis "Alice Dupont"
Profuse clusters of large, trumpet shaped flowers of soft rosy-pink hues that stand out against the glossy leaves. Protect from strong winds. Fast growing.
Moisture - moist, well drained
Blooms - pink all season
Grows - 12-18' by 18-24" - trailing

Madagascar Jasmine - Stephanotis floribunda
An extrememly fragrant plant with white waxy flowers throughout the summer
Moisture - moist, well drained
Blooms - white in June, July, Aug
Grows - 10-15' by 12-18" wide, trailing, tropical.

Black-eyed Susan Bine - Thunbergia
All are part-shade, but only grow about 4-6' high, if you want details, let me know.

Star Jasmine - Trachelospermum jasminoides
The star-shaped, white flowers have a heavenly fragrance. A fast grower that can be grown in a container with a trellis or as a groundcover.
Moisture - moist, well drained
Blooms - White all season
Grows 10-15' by 18-24" trailing, tropical


Definitely Clematis. Most of the other perennials grow from 20' minimum up to 80'. The only the smaller, shade tolerant ones in this catalog are Honeysuckle. If you want info on the giants, let me know.

Overview - Lonicera...vigerous plant. Drought tolerant. Trumpet honeysuckles need very little care and produce abundant foliage, fruit and flowers. Needs a sturdy support, but also useful as a groundcover

Goldflame Honeysuckle - Lonicers x heckrotti
One of the best honeysuckles and longest blooming. The large flowers are pink with yellow interriors. May need to be tied to it's support.
Moisture - well drained
Blooms - bicolor in Jun - Sep
Grows - 10 - 15' - twining type
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
TGP heirloom introduced in 1895

    Bookmark   April 24, 2006 at 12:43AM
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