I need a shade loving / hummingbird loving vine? Is there one? I'm zone 5 & this flower bed gets VERY little sun.
Depending on how much shade you have these might work:
Campsis radicans - Common Trumpet Creeper
Lonicera ÂMandarinÂ - Privet Honeysuckle
Lonicera periclymenum - Woodbine
Lonicera sempervirens - Trumpet Honeysuckle
Wisteria sinensis - Chinese Wisteria
But those are just from a search engine (zone 5, vine, shade, hummingbird attractor) I'd check with a local gardener to be sure they will actually do well, and if it's very deep shade they probably won't. It's hard to find a flowering vine that will grow in full shade, and hummers like flowers. Boston Ivy and Porcelain Berry will grow in full shade in your zone, but I doubt they'd attract hummingbirds.
I don't know about the honeysuckles but the campsis radicans doesn't bloom well in shade. The shaded stems of my Amethyst Falls wisteria don't bloom that well either.
From an old thread in the GW Hummngbird Garden forum:
RE: Hummingbird-Attracting Vine for Shade?
* Posted by kelp 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 26, 06 at 7:59
I have 2 honeysuckles: Lonicera pericyclemenum 'Harlequin' and Lonicera serotina 'Florida' that are doing wonderful in mostly shade. Hope that helps you.
End of post.
Both vines listed at bottom left: Lonicera pericyclemenum
Link to above thread: Hummingbird-Attracting Vine for Shade?
A second thread has a wonderful name but all the vines I see in it would take part sun/part shade & are probably of no use to you with mostly shade. I'm including it in case there are non-vine shade plants that might interest you.
From GW Hummingbird Garden forum: Shade Loving Plants for Hummingbirds
Please update us here if you find a vine that works. I might want it, too, someday.
Not a vine, but I've had phlox in the shade this year, and the hummers just LOVED it.