I need information on vines that will grow well in shade. Also, needs to be something safe for kids & dogs. I would like to start from seed but would consider anything!
Polygonum aubertii (aka silver lace vine) does very well in shade and it stunning when it blooms. Sweet Autumn Clematis (aka Clematis paniculata) also does very well. Both grow very fast and bloom fragrant white blooms - looks like it snowed when they bloom!
I've been researching Akebias. Some research says it can be invasive, but most posts say its not. It produces an edible fruit in 3-5 years. The vine itself is gorgeous with big leaves. Most posts say it prefers shade. It grows from seed, you may be able to get someone from the exchange forum to send you something. It is supposed to grow really fast. I just ordered mine from Raintree Nursery, I've bought lots of things from them before, paper catalog and online, located in WA., dependable, nice people. They had several varieties.