The Q&A Archives: Vine for Part Sun

Question: I want to put a trellis in it's place and plant a vine to climb up the trellis. What vine would be good in partial sun. It would be mostly shade and late afternoon sun.

Answer: Passion vine (Passiflora incarnate) has incredibly intricate flowers of purple and white and produces fragrant fruit. Interestingly, this vine dies to the ground during Ohio?s winters and re-grows new vines in the spring. This vine climbs by using tendrils.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangeaanomala petiolaris)attaches to structures with root-like holdfasts and has glossy dark green foliage all summer long and white flowers in early-to-mid summer. This clinging vine is slow to establish but well worth the effort.

Silver Lace Vine (Polygonum aubertii)is a fast growing, vigorous twining vine. In September it is covered with drooping fragrant white flowers.

Or you can plant annual vines: Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)is a twiningvine with large fragrant white flowers that open in the evening and last until morning, reflecting the light from the moon.

Cypress Vine (Ipomoea quamoclit), another twining vine,is covered by finely cut medium green leaves with delicate red trumpet flowers that hummingbirds just love.

Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) is a twining climber that may take a month to bloom but is well worth the wait. Its dark purple bronze foliage sets the backdrop for the bright purple flowers. The flower spikes are bright purple; as they age the flowers start to turn light purple to almost white.

Scarlet Runner Bean (Phaseolus cossineus), a twining, fast growing vine, has clusters of red flowers and produces edible beans.

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