Vines and Climbers forum: Climber plant for providing shade coverage on a deck

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Name: Andy W
Ogden, UT (Zone 6a)
May 12, 2016 8:47 AM CST

I live in Northern Utah (Ogden) and am going to build a deck in my front yard and I'd like a climber to provide shade. My front door faces East. (or when looking at my front door, I'm facing West.)

I keep up with my gardens a bit, like weeding once a week or so, but I'm kind of a plant it and forget it as much as possible kind of guy. We get below freezing a few times a year and have a lot of time spent in the 30's. Otherwise, the summer is hot and sunny.

I'm thinking a perennial water wise climber would be great. I think I want a twining or tendril type. I have a brick house and don't need the thing to take over my entire house. Butterflies and bees would be fantastic. I know I'm creating a lot of requirements. Maybe it's unrealistic?

So, I've been browsing the interwebs / talking to others:
- Yellow Trumpet Vine
- Golden Hops
- Coral Honeysuckle
- Wisteria (is this a really woody / fragile type of vine?)

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May 12, 2016 1:29 PM CST
I would avoid Trumpet Vine and Wisteria as they will sprout from the ground dozens of feet or more from the main plant. Both are really aggressive and most folks regret planting it after a few years. Coral Honeysuckle I grow a lot of and love and it can get large but never out of control and hummingbirds love it. Golden Hops is an interesting idea. It is a food plant for the caterpillars of several butterflies and grows fast. There are also some large leafed Dutchman's Pipes that would probably work.
Name: Andy W
Ogden, UT (Zone 6a)
May 13, 2016 7:27 AM CST
Does Coral Honeysuckle require a lot of support (i.e. a trellis)?
Name: Betty
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May 13, 2016 7:58 AM CST
Coral honeysuckle does require a sturdy trellis. I have two Dropmore and Major Wheeler that are on sturdy trellis one is wood and the other is metal. The nice thing about these honeysuckle is that they blooms for a long time attracting hummingbirds and they take trimming very well and are easy to take care. I am not familiar with your climate but here they require watering to get them established, now mine do not get extra water other than rain.

I agree about trumpet vines, don't plant them they will want to take over your house and grow all over your yard far from the original plant.
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