Vine for Shade - Knowledgebase Question

Lockport, NY
Question by webeekool
May 10, 1999
I have an arbor and it is in strictly shade. It may get an hour or two of sun if that. I was wondering what vine I could get to cover the arbor?

Answer from NGA
May 10, 1999


Most flowering vines prefer quite a bit of sun, but you might have luck with one of the many of varieties of clematis. While fall blooming "sweet autumn" clematis in particular is quite shade tolerant, it may also grow larger than you would ultimately like depending on the size of your arbor. If you try any of the clematis, keep in mind the old saying "first year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap" before you pass judgement on its growth and blooming performance.

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