The Q&A Archives: Vines For Shady Area

Question: Hoping you can recommend a vine that can grow in a very shady area. Something fast growing that flowers and that can climb along eaves would be preferable. Thanks so much.

Answer: There are only a few vines suitable for a very shady site, and only one of them produces flowers. Your choices are Fatshedera lizei (looks like a cross between Fatsia japonica and Ivy), Parthenocissus (Virginia creeper), Hedera (Ivy) and Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine). Parthenocissus does produce colorful foliage, which will provide interest all spring, summer and fall. Star jasmine produces small, star shaped, fragrant flowers. Enjoy your new vine!

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