10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (2023)

Gardening

Perennials

Create a shady bower

By

David Beaulieu

10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (1)

David Beaulieu

David Beaulieu is a landscaping expert and plant photographer, with 20 years of experience. He was in the nursery business for over a decade, working with a large variety of plants. David has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and national U.S. magazines, such as Woman's World and American Way.

Learn more about The Spruce'sEditorial Process

Updated on 03/14/22

Reviewed by

Kathleen Miller

10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (2)

Reviewed byKathleen Miller

Kathleen Miller is a highly-regarded Master Gardener and Horticulturist who shares her knowledge of sustainable living, organic gardening, farming, and landscape design. She founded Gaia's Farm and Gardens,aworking sustainable permaculture farm, and writes for Gaia Grows, a local newspaper column.She has over 30 years of experience in gardening and sustainable farming.

(Video) 10 Perennial Vines For Shady Areas 🛋️

Learn more about The Spruce'sReview Board

Fact checked by

Emily Estep

10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (3)

Fact checked byEmily Estep

Emily Estep is a plant biologist and fact-checker focused on environmental sciences. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Master of Science in Plant Biology from Ohio University. Emily has been a proofreader and editor at a variety of online media outlets over the past decade.

Learn more about The Spruce'sEditorial Process

10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (4)

Climbing vines can create leafy bowers, but not all are suitable for the shade. This collection of vines includes some that love shade and others that tolerate it. It's important to know, however, that most climbing vines can overwhelm your trees, garden structures, or home. In addition, many are considered invasive species and should be avoided.

What Are Invasive Plants?

Warning

Many invasive vines, such as kudzu, pose severe problems for forests and landscapes. This list gives some recommendations for both perennial vines that tolerate partial shade, as well as some to avoid due to dangers of invasiveness.

  • 01 of 10

    Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (5)

    Boston ivy is not grown for its flowers. It is the foliage of this traditional favorite that earns it a place on this list. Rumor has it that "ivy league" colleges are so named because the external walls of some of the older buildings on their campuses are covered in ivy. The leaves of Boston ivy can become a brilliant red in autumn, and the leaves are attractive in summer, too, when they are a deep, glossygreen. Fall color is best when this vine receives ample sunshine, so if you are growing it in the shade, you need to be content with itssummer look.

    (Video) 26 Flowering Vines for Shade Best Shade

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Loamy soil, tolerant to a variety
  • 02 of 10

    Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (6)

    As difficult as it can be to find vines to grow in the shade, it is even more difficult to find flowering vines that bloom well under shady conditions and that are hardy in the northern states of the U.S. (as well as some parts of Canada). Because climbing hydrangea meets these requirements, it is one of the most valuable plants at the landscaper's disposal.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8
    • Color Varieties: White, blue, pink, purple
    • Sun Exposure: Partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Moist, acidic soil
  • 03 of 10

    Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (7)

    Although Virginia creeper makes the "good" list, it has some qualifications. As a vigorous grower, it is not suitable for growing insmall spaces. Plant developers have produced somewhat tamer cultivars for homeowners to grow, such as 'Red Wall.' Like its relative, Boston ivy, the fall foliage of Virginia creeper can be outstanding. (Boston ivy and Virginia creeper are both members of the Parthenocissus genus). Do not expect optimal color in fall if you grow it as a vine for shade.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 10
    • Color Varieties: Greenish white
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Sandy, clay, loamy
  • 04 of 10

    Vinca Minor (Vinca minor)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (8)

    Periwinkle can be invasivein some circumstances, but it is relatively easy to control in the landscape and produces pretty violet-blue flowers. It can be a good plant to grow under trees—a particularly challenging environment. Vinca is a drought-tolerant ground cover, which means it can accommodate large trees consuming most all of the available water. Unlike the other plants listed here, periwinkle is not a climber. But those who do not mind its aggressiveness will appreciate its ability to fill in an area that would otherwise become overrun with weeds.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Color Varieties: Blue, lavender, purple, white
    • Sun Exposure: Partial sun to full shade
    • Soil Needs: Normal, sandy, or clay

    Continue to 5 of 10 below.

  • 05 of 10

    Sweet Autumn Clematis(Clematispaniculata, Clematis terniflora)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (9)

    Sweet autumn clematis is a vine that grows well, and flowers well, when planted in the shade. But reviews on this plant are mixed.Some people love sweet autumn clematis and the delightful scent that it emits during the evening. But others are annoyed that the plentiful flowers, so beautiful to many, are the source of equally numerous seeds that will germinate all over the garden to produce seedlings. For gardeners who do not mind weeding chores, it might be a perfect vine.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Color Varieties: White
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Any well-drained soil
  • 06 of 10

    (Video) 10 BEST PERENNIAL VINES for HOT CLIMATES - Growing in the Garden

    Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (10)

    Trumpet vine is another plant that is not without its merits. It will eventually produce its gorgeous orange flowers even in partial shade, and hummingbirds adore it. But unwanted "children" from the parent plant will pop up everywhere, and they are much harder to pull up than sweet autumn clematis plants.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 10
    • Color Varieties: Yellow, orange, red
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Any well-drained soil
  • 07 of 10

    Emerald Gaiety Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (11)

    Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' is a foliage plantthat can take the form either of a vine or a shrub. Consequently, it can be grown either as a ground cover or as a hedge plant (pictured). It is easy to pick out 'Emerald Gaiety.' It has variegated leaves in a green and white pattern. Shade does not bother it much, but its potential for invasiveness might prove to be a bother for you.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 5 to 8
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
    • Soil Needs: Any well-drained soil
  • 08 of 10

    Chinese Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (12)

    Chinese wisteria is also invasive in some regions of North America. A better choice for most American gardens is Wisteria frutescens,an American native. The problem with the American variety is that it does not flower in the shade.Chinese wisteria, on the other hand, flowers beautifully in the shade, but gardeners risk dealing with its potential invasiveness.

    Continue to 9 of 10 below.

  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (13)

    For some gardeners,English ivycompetes with Oriental bittersweet and kudzu for the title of the most hated vine in North America, due to its invasiveness. Planting this vine is discouraged, even though it grows very well in the shade.

  • 10 of 10

    Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

    10 Perennial Vines for Shady Areas (14)

    Japanese honeysuckle is an attractive perennial vine for shade—but the rampant invasive nature of this exotic makes it a plant to avoid at all costs. The honeysuckle variety native to the eastern U.S., Lonicera sempervirens,is, unfortunately,not a vine for shade. Although the common name for Lonicera sempervirens is "trumpet honeysuckle," do not confuse itwith trumpet vine (Campsis radicans). It is known to occur and be invasive in the east from Maine to Florida and westward to Wisconsin and Texas. There are scattered occurrences in the Southwest.

    (Video) 12 Vertical Gardening Ideas using Flowering Vines and Climbers

Watch Now: 7 Ways to Save Time in Your Garden

Article Sources

The Spruce uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.

  1. Harron, Paulina et al. Predicting Kudzu (Pueraria montana) spread and its economic impacts in timber industry: A case study from Oklahoma.PloS onevol. 15,3 e0229835. 16 Mar. 2020, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0229835

  • 30 Low-Maintenance Shrubs for Shade
  • 30 Best Plants With Purple Flowers to Grow Outdoors
  • 10 Types of Easy Perennials
  • 9 Ornamental Trees and Shrubs With Purple Leaves
  • 25 Low-Maintenance Ground Cover Plants for Sun and Shade
  • 25 Best Flowers for Allergy Sufferers (Plus, the Worst)
  • 15 Best Evergreen and Flowering Shrubs for Hedges
  • 12 Seasonal Bush and Shrub Species With Red Leaves
  • 11 Best Shade Plants to Grow Along a North-Facing Wall
  • Perennial Spring Flowers for Early in the Season
  • 31 Best Flowering Plants That Deer Will Not Eat
  • 14 Best Fall-Blooming Flowers for Your Perennial Garden
  • 18 Perennial Flowers That Bloom From Spring to Fall
  • 9 Traditional Japanese Plants for Your Garden
  • 29 Best Shrubs for Shade Gardens
(Video) Climbers for Shade Gardens

FAQs

What vine grows best in full shade? ›

Try ivy, hops, clematis, honeysuckle, Virginia creeper, jasmine or trumpet vines. You can grow grapes, gourds or vining vegetables like cucumbers on structures that provide good support.

Which ivy grows best in shade? ›

1 – Boston Ivy

This is a perennial shade vine that tends to grow all year round. The leaves tend to turn a dark shade of red as the fall season approaches and the vine looks very gorgeous during the summer months.

What is the fastest growing climbing vine? ›

What is the fastest growing flowering vine? Akebia quinata are one of the fastest growing flowering vines, adding 20 feet to its height every year. If these fast-growing flowering vines are grown in zone 6 or above, they are also evergreen making them a brilliant, permanent addition to the garden.

Is there a climbing vine that grows in the shade? ›

Variegated Magnolia Vine

This evergreen climbing shrub is an ideal choice for shade. It produces yellow or white blooms in spring and grows 10-15 feet tall. The plant also grows red berries.

Is there a climbing plant that grows in shade? ›

Trumpet Vine (Campsis Radicans)

Not only does Trumpet Vine thrive in the shade, but it is a plant that tolerates wet soils. Blooming orange, red, or yellow in summer, Trumpet Vine grows 25 to 40 feet long in hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Is there a clematis that likes shade? ›

Clematis 'Nelly Moser' is one of the most well-known shade-tolerant clematis, as its brightly coloured blooms do best in shade – they can bleach in too much sun. A Group 2 clematis, it flowers in May and June and then again in September.

Can honeysuckle grow in full shade? ›

In terms of optimum soil types, honeysuckle grows in any fertile, well-drained ground, including chalk and clay. In terms of light, it thrives in dappled shade due to its woodland origins. It will tolerate full shade, but it will only flower prolifically if it gets regular sun.

Does Russian vine grow in shade? ›

Ideal for covering an unsightly structure or wall in sun or partial shade, but plant with caution since it's extremely fast-growing and can end up choking everything in its path!

What is the fastest growing perennial vine? ›

Perhaps the quickest-growing vine is scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus), which has large, heart-shaped leaves and coral-orange blooms. It produces long bean pods full of red-speckled, edible beans and is a perennial in USDA zones 9 and 10.

Will a jasmine grow in the shade? ›

Jasmines need fertile, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Does star jasmine grow in the shade? ›

Sun: Full sun to part shade. Star Jasmine can even handle full shade however they produce the best blooms in full sun. Water: Water well until established, once established the plant is moderately drought tolerant.

Which honeysuckle grows best in shade? ›

Chaparral honeysuckle (L. interrupta) and California honeysuckle (L. hispidula) are two California natives that can grow in partial shade. Other North American honeysuckles that can fill your partially shaded garden include trumpet honeysuckle (L.

Is there an evergreen climbing vine? ›

Carolina Jessamine: This fragrant evergreen vine, also known as yellow jessamine, is prized for its spectacular masses of bright yellow flowers in early spring and again in fall. Its leaves are small and nondescript, but the twining vine makes up for it with its explosive growth.

Does Virginia creeper tolerate shade? ›

Virginia creeper will grow in shade or sun, in most soil types and is salt tolerant. Since it is rated as hardy from zone 3 to 9, it can be found throughout much of North America.

Will Mandevilla grow in shade? ›

Mandevilla vines need full sun in order to flower well. They can tolerate partial shade, however. In order to get the best mandevilla flowers throughout the summer, give your mandevilla plant a high phosphorus, water soluble fertilizer once every two weeks.

What is the best climbing plant to cover a fence? ›

Ivy is not the only climbing plant you can use to add greenery to walls and fences.
...
  1. Morning glory. ...
  2. Sweet pea. ...
  3. Black-eyed Susan vine. ...
  4. Winter jasmine. ...
  5. Clematis. ...
  6. Boston ivy. ...
  7. Climbing hydrangea. ...
  8. Climbing roses.

Does passion flower grow in shade? ›

Grow passion flowers in full sun to partial shade, in well-drained soil in a warm, sheltered spot. Cut back after flowering to keep plants neat, or cut away damaged growth in spring.

Can sweet autumn clematis grow in shade? ›

Sweet autumn clematis blooms on new wood, and by mid-summer tiny buds begin to emerge. Most varieties of clematis will tolerate part shade, but this one seems to thrive on it. Like other clematis, it prefers well-drained soil and “cool feet,” so keep soil at its base mulched or shaded by annuals or other plants.

What is the longest flowering clematis? ›

Clematis 'Arabella'

The first widely grown hybrid between a herbaceous perennial species and a large-flowered hybrid, 'Arabella' is especially known for its very long flowering season starting in June, peaking from July to September, then continuing into October.

Which is the hardiest clematis? ›

montana var. grandiflora. The hardiest and most reliable, fully vigorous montana.

What's the fastest growing clematis? ›

Mountain clematis (Clematis montana)

This fast-growing clematis brings us large clusters of 2-3in (5-7.5cm) flowers in pink or white, creating a dramatic display in late spring.

Does ivy grow in the shade? ›

Since they're such aggressive—sometimes even invasive—growers, ivy plants are very hardy, able to withstand full sun, partial shade, or even full shade (although the coloring of variegated species will fade without sufficient light). They like to dry out between waterings, making them relatively drought tolerant.

Will Japanese honeysuckle grow in shade? ›

This is an adaptable plant that does well in full sun to part shade. A shadier location helps keep its growth under control. Japanese honeysuckle does well in average soil that drains well.

Can roses grow in shade? ›

It is possible to have a beautiful rose garden in partial shade. Blooms have richer color and fade at slower rates than those receiving more direct sun- light. Roses require less watering with less exposure to sunlight. Blooms will be smaller.

Will silver lace vine grow in shade? ›

Silver lace vine is found growing on fences, hillsides, trees and on other vegetation in a variety of habitats. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and is most abundant in full sun to part shade.

Is Russian Vine a problem? ›

Why Is Russian-vine A Problem? Russian-vine is an alien (non-native) invasive plant, meaning it out-competes crowds-out and displaces beneficial native plants that have been naturally growing in Ireland for centuries.

Is Russian Vine illegal? ›

This is a tall plant with stout, hollow stalks like bamboo, large leaves and spikes of little creamy-white flowers. It is found mainly in waste places, and quickly forms dense colonies. It is illegal to plant it or “cause it to grow”.

Can clematis grow in full shade? ›

Among the shade-tolerant types are the alpine clematis, Clematis alpina, and sweet autumn clematis, Clematis paniculata (terniflora). Here are some others to consider: 'Nelly Moser'—Pinkish light mauve flowers with deep lilac stripes. Thrives in shade.

Does ivy grow in full shade? ›

Since they're such aggressive—sometimes even invasive—growers, ivy plants are very hardy, able to withstand full sun, partial shade, or even full shade (although the coloring of variegated species will fade without sufficient light). They like to dry out between waterings, making them relatively drought tolerant.

Can honeysuckle grow in full shade? ›

In terms of optimum soil types, honeysuckle grows in any fertile, well-drained ground, including chalk and clay. In terms of light, it thrives in dappled shade due to its woodland origins. It will tolerate full shade, but it will only flower prolifically if it gets regular sun.

Will star jasmine grow in shade? ›

Star jasmine thrives in full sun. It will grow in shade, but it grows slowly and produces few flowers in a part-shade or full-shade location. Select a planting site that receives at least eight hours of bright sunlight each day. Fertile, well-drained soil is also best for growing this vine.

What is the most shade-tolerant clematis? ›

Clematis 'Nelly Moser' is one of the most well-known shade-tolerant clematis, as its brightly coloured blooms do best in shade – they can bleach in too much sun.

Which honeysuckle grows best in shade? ›

Good evergreen honeysuckle varieties for shade include Lonicera henryii and L. japonica 'Halleana'. Deciduous varieties bear more colourful blooms, but will lose their leaves over winter. Try Lonicera periclymenum for bold flowers in red and yellow.

Does Virginia creeper grow in shade? ›

Grow Virginia creeper in moist but well drained soil in sun to shade.

Can you grow climbing roses in shade? ›

Plant your climbing rose in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Most climbing roses do best in full sun, but some are more tolerant of shade.

Is there an evergreen climbing vine? ›

Carolina Jessamine: This fragrant evergreen vine, also known as yellow jessamine, is prized for its spectacular masses of bright yellow flowers in early spring and again in fall. Its leaves are small and nondescript, but the twining vine makes up for it with its explosive growth.

Will Mandevilla grow in shade? ›

Mandevilla vines need full sun in order to flower well. They can tolerate partial shade, however. In order to get the best mandevilla flowers throughout the summer, give your mandevilla plant a high phosphorus, water soluble fertilizer once every two weeks.

Will Japanese honeysuckle grow in shade? ›

This is an adaptable plant that does well in full sun to part shade. A shadier location helps keep its growth under control. Japanese honeysuckle does well in average soil that drains well.

Does passion flower grow in shade? ›

Grow passion flowers in full sun to partial shade, in well-drained soil in a warm, sheltered spot. Cut back after flowering to keep plants neat, or cut away damaged growth in spring.

Does bamboo grow in shade? ›

bamboo is a superb choice for shaded areas. An attractive evergreen bamboo with a vigorous upright growth habit.

Which jasmine is best in shade? ›

Where to plant jasmine – Jasmine will grow well in full sun to partial shaded areas. Summer-flowering jasmine does better in a sunny spot, while other varieties, such as winter jasmine, like a more shaded area. Soils that jasmine thrive in – Jasmine needs well-drained but moist, moderately fertile sandy loamy soil.

How fast does star jasmine grow in shade? ›

Star Jasmine grows fast. On average, it will grow 30 – 90 centimetres per year. This rate will be affected by its health, upkeep, climate and environment. If you water, fertiliser and maintain it well, the hardy plant will provide a spectacular growth.

Does star jasmine come back every year? ›

Though not a true jasmine, star jasmine displays a similar flower, vining habit and strong sweet scent. The leaves are evergreen. The plants put out new growth in the spring of every year, with flowering usually beginning sometime in May and continuing through June.

Videos

1. Awesome Climbers that will grow in SHADE| How to Make Shady Corners Brighter with Flowers
(Urban Tropical)
2. Top 10 Perennial Vines to Grow in the Full Sun ☀️ 🌞
(PlantDo Home & Garden)
3. The Best Climbing Vines for Shade
(MyGreenLawn)
4. 20 Best Perennial Flowering Vines and Climbers
(Decor Home Ideas)
5. Flowering Vines with Nathan Urben
(Missouri Botanical Garden)
6. 35 Best Vines for Containers | Climbing Plants for Pots
(Balcony Garden Web)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Duane Harber

Last Updated: 01/24/2023

Views: 6781

Rating: 4 / 5 (71 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Duane Harber

Birthday: 1999-10-17

Address: Apt. 404 9899 Magnolia Roads, Port Royceville, ID 78186

Phone: +186911129794335

Job: Human Hospitality Planner

Hobby: Listening to music, Orienteering, Knapping, Dance, Mountain biking, Fishing, Pottery

Introduction: My name is Duane Harber, I am a modern, clever, handsome, fair, agreeable, inexpensive, beautiful person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.