The Q&A Archives: A Shade Loving Arbor Climber??

Question: I have an arbor for privacy coming off of a side stair from a deck that needs a vine to give even more privacy. This area gets some early morning sun and that is about it. Looking for any suggestions! Would love something that could add fragrance and color perhaps.
Thanks so much for your expertise!
Mary Lavarnway

Answer: Your choices really depend upon how much morning sun the site receives. If it's 3-4 hours, you should have success with one of the following:
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) need support when they are first starting out, but are generally profuse bloomers. Hardiness and flowering vary greatly with the variety you choose. Great for hummingbirds.
Trumpet vine (Distictus buccinatoria) flowers best in full sun but will bloom in partial shade. It is hardy to 24 degrees F. and needs yearly pruning to keep it under control. It blooms sporadically with warming weather.
Virgin's Bower (Clematis paniculata) is very hardy climber from the Orient that will reach 30 feet. White, fragrant flowers in August and September.
Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia littoralis) has a very unique 'calico' flower and is evergreen and hardy to 25 degrees F and root hardy to below 20 degrees F.
'Mme. Galen' Trumpet Creeper (Campsis x tagliabuana) has bright orange flowers and is hardy to below 0?F.

Best wishes with your new vine!

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