vines for shade

Theresa24September 18, 2004

Can anyone suggest some vines that will grow in almost full shade here in the deep south. Preferably a twining vine. Thanks,


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
annafl(z9b/10a Sarasota)


Chestnut vine is a very large-leaved vine which does great in full shade, but I don't know how it does in 9a. I had it in 9b under oaks and it did great. It is spectacular and a vigorous climber which can also be used as a groundcover. Really different. I think its botanical name is tetrastigma voinerianum. Fatshedera does well in full shade, but doesn't climb without help. I think it actually does better as a ground cover. Lastly, confederated jasmine, although it may be rather spindly and not bloom well if the shade is full, but it is easy to find. Clerodendrum speciosum tolerates medium shade and blooms fairly well in that. Good luck!


    Bookmark   September 18, 2004 at 4:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My mother grows seet autumn clematis under shade from a pecan tree, and it blooms every autumn. Don't know if it's suitable for your zone, but you could check on it.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2004 at 12:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenthumb_want2b(z7b N TX)

Virginia Creeper and English Ivy will grow in full shade. Both will spread aggressively, once established. That could be good or bad depending on how much area you want to cover.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2004 at 10:26AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mycalicogirls(4b-5a Nebraska)

I'm not sure how clematis perform in your area, but quite a few will do OK in shade. I'm growing Comtesse du Bouchard in dappled shade. It was recommended in a Fine Gardening article from years back. Nelly Moser was also recommended in that story. Molly

    Bookmark   October 5, 2004 at 6:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pauln(z7B Arkansas)

Dutchman's Pipe will grow in shade. It likes moisture, so sometimes this can be a problem under mature trees. My garden buddy hates this plant because it can spread by underground runners. I haven't seen it's agressive nature yet, but I don't water nearly as much as he does.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2004 at 12:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

I second the suggestion of Sweet Autumn Clematis. Also, how about Five Leaf Akebia?

    Bookmark   October 29, 2004 at 1:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
GAAlan(z7b(on map) 8(imby) Atlanta)

I would also suggest you look into Kadsura japonica. These are excellent twining evergreeen vines for shade. They can even produce clusters of red berries. I have two variegated cultivars that I have thoroughly enjoyed. One I have growing into a huge old Cedar the other into a Wax Myrtle. Both perform magnificently. I have pictures of both, but can make only one available per post.

Take a look at this one, it is called Chirimen. The marbling is most pronounced on the youngest leaves but still retained some on older leaves too. This has been very vigorous for me, but certainly not invasive at all. This particular plant has produced heavy crops of berries too, which is an outstanding bonus feature!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   December 29, 2004 at 8:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kriswrite(zone 8)

I thought Sweet Autumn needed dappled light? Am I wrong?


    Bookmark   January 29, 2005 at 1:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm looking for a vine that will winter over in the NC mountains, preferably a flowering vine, in pretty much full shade. We're borderline zones 6 and 7,with temperatures that do get below freezing. I intend to look up information on the vines suggested in these posts, but most of them seem to be suitable for slightly warmer zones. I'm new to serious gardening and am also getting started on a perennial and bulb garden.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2005 at 9:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Try a lonicera(Honeysuckle). There are many varieties out there, some more aggressive than others. Also a star jasmine.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2005 at 2:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cam99(z5 Ontario)

I am in Zone 5a and I would like to plant a vine under a high porch that I share with my neighbour. It's primary purpose would be to give me privacy under the steps leading to the balcony. It would share soil with a cedar tree and lilies of the valley and ferns. I have a lot of Virginia Creeper or Boston Ivy in the front of the house and along the fence, and I am trying to rip it out. (I am afraid that these will be the only options!)

I learned from the staff at a good local nursery that a climbing hydrangea would work, but then I noted that the tag on it said that it liked full sun to partial shade...

Any ideas? Does anyone have any experience with climbing hydrangea in full shade... maybe a bit of indirect sun late in the afternoon.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2005 at 6:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Deb_NJ(z7 NJ)

I have a beautiful climbing hydrangea in full shade on the north side of my house. Its leaves are a luminous emerald green. It hasn't bloomed yet, but I've been told that is normal. It can take several years. I was also able to root a cutting that had a few roots attached by sticking it into a pot last summer.

It doesn't look like much in the wintertime, but I love its glowing green abundance now that it's fully leafed out again this the spring. Also it has no pests that I'm aware of.


    Bookmark   May 16, 2005 at 9:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I've heard the shade hydrangea has small white flowers and is a slow grower.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 7:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes the climbing hydrangea is a slow grower but the lacey flower caps are beautiful---when it becomes mature enough to bloom. I planted two last year.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 5:51AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ImaHockeyMom(SW Mich--Zone 5)

A friend who works in a nursery here (SW Michigan - Zone 5) also suggested climbing hydrangea for covering up the chain link fence at the back of my property. It's in full shade, (under a canopy of trees) and she said it would take a while, but the climbing hydrangea should be perfectly happy in that location.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 9:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
BabyHelpful(z6a Ohio)

My mom in Gainesville has crossvine (Bignonia capreolata, Doxantha capreolata) growing all over her yard in full and part shade. It blooms wonderfully in the spring with marroon, orange or yellow flowers (there are multiple cultivars in addition to the species), attracts hummingbirds, and is a native.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2005 at 12:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
kitova(z6 NJ)

i third that suggestion of sweet autumn clematis, or for that matter any of the larger flowering clematis that will tolerate shade, like comtesse de bouchaud or nelly moser mentioned above... particularly in the south, where they will take a lot more shade than here in the north. see

i also have 2 climbing hydrangea in the shade, they are very substantial-looking, grow about a foot a year, have great-looking leaves and interesting bark in the fall/winter, but will not flower without direct sunlight.. they don't twine either. being woody, they climb by clinging onto brick and concrete with little aerial roots, if you don't have that kind of structure, you will have to tie or twine the woody stems around your lattice structure

    Bookmark   June 5, 2005 at 8:14AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sandykk(z6 MD)

I love my Kiwi vine. It is doing well in shade. I have it climbing up a new swing arbor.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2005 at 11:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bumblebeelane(6a Toronto)

Climbing hydrangea will bloom in full shade. My friend has it growing on the fence and north side of her house where it gets no sunlight at all. The plant goes at least 16 feet up the wall and spreads about 8 feet across and is just blooming now...gorgeous lacy, white caps. This vine is nine years old, and first bloomed two years ago, so perhaps that is the difference between full shade and some sun...the length of time it takes to produce bloom...

    Bookmark   June 17, 2005 at 8:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Also porcelain vine. It has variegated white and green foliage; it's in the vitex family (grapes). In late summer, the berries are a blue, violet, cream and white. Very attractive, and the birds love the berries.


    Bookmark   June 19, 2005 at 8:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


I have a back porch that is shaded 90% of the day (gets some morning sun only). As it's cemented, would neet to grow vines or climbers in pots. Any ideas, please.



    Bookmark   November 22, 2006 at 10:06AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I agree with Bumblebee...climbing hydrangea will bloom in the shade but will bloom less and take longer to bloom. Mine is ten years old in zone 5 and is now about 7' tall. It's in the shade of a large pine tree and gets perhaps an hour of sun a day. I planted it next to an unused telephone pole but even though it has myriad grasping roots it won't stick to the pole. I have to tie it in place.

I'd caution against porcelain's incredibly invasive...and I mean invasive. I planted it years ago and then gave it away to a neighbor...who hates it now. I still get shoots coming up and trying to cover pine trees, also sprouting in the middle of large roses. It's so hard to remove and then it's roots are still there and come back with new growth. If left unpruned it can get 10-15' high and very difficult to control.

good luck.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2007 at 8:16PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
what are good plants for heavy shade?
I have a heavily-shaded backyard (maybe 2-4 hours of...
Dividing some shade plants
Hi all! I have several out of control giant epimedium...
Zone 10b: Dog Friendly Ground Cover in the Shade
I am considering replacing our front lawn (in a gated,...
Advice/Suggestions for front of house
Hello all. I have been searching the internet and this...
what plant is this?
hi can anyone tell me what plant this is? thanks
Helen Percival
Sponsored Products
Bamboo Vine Bluewick Harper Mason Candle
$14.99 | zulily
36" Vine Design Double-Bowl Copper Farmhouse Sink
Signature Hardware
Climbing Vine White 5 Light Chandelier with White Clear Crystal Beads
$188.10 | Bellacor
Bougainvillea Bouquet
$525.00 | Horchow
Home Decorators Accent Rug: Colette Black 2' 6" x 4' 6"
Home Depot
Lenox Opal Innocence Carved Oval Medium Platter - 813520
$49.95 | Hayneedle
Avanity NAPA-M24-DC 24'' Mirror with Cast Iron Inlays
$195.00 | Blue Bath
Turkish Double Knotted Washed Out Blue 10x14 Khotan Hand Knotted Wool Rug H7228
BH Sun Inc
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™