Shade Growing Vines - Knowledgebase Question

Riverside, CA
Question by carriempop
September 26, 2004
Can you please suggest some vines for shady area in yard?


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Answer from NGA
September 26, 2004

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There are several vining plants suitable for shady sites:
Parthenocissus quinquefolia 'Engelmanni' (Englemann ivy)
This high-climbing vigorous vine is great for covering a fence. The bluish black berries in the fall are accompanied by vivid red foliage, providing both cover and food for wildlife. The plant will grow in full sun to full shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but it tolerates most soil conditions. `Engelmanni' has smaller leaflets than the species, which is commonly known as Virginia creeper.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston ivy)
This clinging vine has lustrous green leaves. The bluish black berries which appear in the fall complement its red-colored fall foliage. Boston ivy is one of the best vines for clinging to stonework.

Aristolochia durior (Dutchman's Pipe)
Aggressive vine used as screens in shady sites; inconspicuous white to brownish-purple, pipe-shaped flowers in spring; fragrance considered unpleasant by some.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)
Grows in partial to full shade. Large, flat white flowers on top of dark green leaves in summer; works well when planted against tree trunks.

Hope one of these suggestions is perfect for your garden!

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