Flowering Vines for Shade (Shade Tolerant Flowering Vines)
If you are looking for flowering vines to plant in the shadier areas of your garden or yard, the good news is, there are several flowering vines that grow in the shade you can choose from.
Vines are great additions to your outdoor flowering plants because they can add both height and beauty to any garden. They can also be used to help camouflage unattractive fences and walls or add color to pillars and posts.
Vines are plants that either grow along the ground or need the support of another plant or a structure. While all vines need some sunshine to grow and thrive there are some vines that grow equally as well in the shadier parts of your yard or garden.
Here is a look at some the shade tolerant flowering vines you can grow in the shady areas of your garden or yard.
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11 Flowering Vines that Grow in the Shade
#1. Chinese Wisteria
Although Chinese Wisteria often grows in bright sunlight, it grows equally well in partial shade. In fact, in nature Chinese Wisteria often grows under the canopy of trees. This flowering climbing vine winds clockwise around a structure (many vines grow counter clockwise.)
This vine blooms beautiful fragrant blue violet flowers during the late spring or early summer. Chinese Wisteria grows best in zones 5-9 and the vines tend to grow 10 to 40 feet tall and have a spread of 4 to 30 feet. It also loves to be grown in well-drained loamy soil.
#2. Chocolate Vine
The chocolate vine is a semi-evergreen vine that can grow in all types of sun conditions from full sunlight to partial shade, making this vine a good choice to grow in those shadier areas of your garden.
This vine is quite unique as it has light green leaves shaped like clover. This vine has dark purple 3 petal flowers that emit a scent like chocolate.
The flowers bloom in mid to late spring and do best when grown in zones 5-9. The chocolate vine grows between 20 to 40 feet tall and has a spread of 6 to 9 feet. Well-drained soil is ideal for growing this vine.
The crossvine is a perennial woody vine that grows well in partial shade conditions. It has dark green foliage and lovely orange trumpet shaped flowers that bloom between mid-spring and early summer.
The crossvine does well in full sunlight or partial shade and should be grown in zones 6 through 9. This vine grows 30 to 60 feet tall and has a spread that can be up to 9 feet.
This vine grows well in all types of soil including loam, clay, chalk and sand.
#4. Trumpet Vine
The trumpet vine is a fast growing perennial vine that grows just as well in partial shade as in full sunlight. This vine has bright orange trumpet shaped flowers that grows in clusters on thin stems.
The flowers, which bloom during the summer, really stand out against the vine’s dark green foliage.
The Trumpet vine grows best in zones 5 through 9 and when fully grown is between 20 and 40 feet tall and has a spread of up to 10 feet. It also grows best in all types of soil including loam, sand or clay.
#5. Spurred Butterfly Pea Vine
The spurred butterfly pea vine is a beautiful plant with large summer blooming lavender flowers that hang upside down on dark green foliage and works equally well as a climbing vine or ground cover.
This vine grows as well in partial shade as it does in full sunlight.
The spurred butterfly pea vine grows best in zones 5 through 9 and grows to be 6 feet tall and has a spread of 5 feet. This vine prefers well-drained loamy or sandy soil.
#6. Virgin’s Bower
The Virgin’s Bower earns its name because this cold hardy vine looks a bit like a bridal veil or a wedding dress. This vine has a sea of fragrant white flowers that bloom both in the summer and the winter over light green foliage. It grows equally well in full sunlight or partial shade.
This vine grows especially well in zones 3 through 8 and grows between 10 and 20 feet tall and has a spread that grows up to 6 feet. It also does best in humid, but well-drained soil.
#7. Dutchman’s Pipe
Dutchman’s pipe is an excellent climbing vine that grows as well in partial shade. It also will grow well in full sunlight in cooler climates but prefers shadier areas in warmer climates.
This plant is known for its large heart shaped leaves and its strangely shaped flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. The Dutchman’s pipe grows best in zones 5 through 8 and is 15 to 30 feet tall and has a spread of up to 20 feet. This vine also grows in any type of soil as long as that soil is well-drained.
#8. Prairie Rose
While most rose plants prefer bright sunlight, the Prairie rose is a rose vine that enjoys growing in partial shade as much as strong sunlight.
This pretty single flat flowered rose blooms from late spring to early summer and has petals that run from lavender to magenta with gold pistils. These flowers are very fragrant.
This vine grows best in zones 5 through 8. The Prairie rose grows 6 to 12 feet tall and has a spread of up to 4 feet. It prefers soil loam or sandy soil that is humid, but well-drained.
#9. Carolina Jasmine
Carolina Jasmine is a flowering vine that grows equally well in partial shade as it does in full sunlight. This vine is known for its large yellow trumpet shaped flowers that bloom in late winter or early spring.
This vine grows best in zones 7 through 10 and can grow to 10 to 20 feet tall and has a spread of up to 6 feet. It also grows well in all types of soil as long as it is well-drained.
#10. Atlantic Pigeonwings
If you are looking for a climbing plant for a small shadier space in your garden or yard than, then Atlantic Pigeonwing may be your best choice.
This vine grows both in full sunlight or partial shade with pinkish violet flowers that bloom in summer. The flowers have large heart-shaped petals and thin pinnate leaves.
The Atlantic Pigeonwing can grow to be up to 4 feet tall and has a spread of about 3 feet. It does best in sandy soil and grows best in zones 5 through 9.
#11. Wild Potato Vine
The wild potato vine is known for its large funnel shaped showy white flowers with magenta centers and edible tubers. The lovely flowers of this vine open in the morning and close in the evening and bloom from late spring to early summer. It grows both in full sunlight and partial shade.
This vine can be grown in zones 3 through 8 and can grow to be 15 to 30 feet tall and has a spread of up to 6 feet. This vine grows best win well-drained soil.
Final Thoughts on Shade Tolerant Flowering Vines
If you are looking for a shade loving vine to grow in your garden any one of these beautiful flowering vines for shade will do the trick.