Norma Jean Dickerson
Norma Jean Dickerson
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Asked on May 17, 2017

What is a good climbing plant for shaded area? Ivy?

KarenArdaleNorma Jean Dickerson
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My husband built a pretty trellis under stairs going up to a second floor deck. House faces east and the stairs also give shade.
8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 17, 2017

    I would not recommend ivy it will take every over.Try a climbing hydrangea instead.
  • How about a jasmine? They smell heavenly!
  • I agree with the ladies above! Keep in mind that vines do like to take over and will require trimming each year. Flowering vines attract bees and other insects- the more flowers the more bees. A climbing rose would be beautiful too, and grow slowly. DONT plant English ivy or Wisteria! Certain varieties are considered invasive species and will literally take over your property! Good luck and post pictures!
  • Ardale
    on May 17, 2017

    Be very careful about planting any vining plant. They will spread beyond control if not kept pruned back. Also most vining plants cling to upright structures by attaching themselves to it or twining in between holes in your lattice over a year or twos growing season the vines grow thicker and will break your lattice. Last but not least it's very hard to get rid of a vining plant once you find out it's hard to control. I have learned all these facts the hard way and wouldn't wish this nightmare on anyone else. Your better off planting nice shade loving plants and flowers like hosta, ferns, or shade tolerant plants like hydrangea and azealeas are lovely both of which get quite large and wide if not kept pruned back. I've also had great luck with most kinds of lilies too! Tiger lilies will spread but can be contained inside a flower bed with a border edging on it. There is also a lot of ornamental grasses in different colors that are pretty too! Boxwood bushes are another option which look stately and can grow quite large as well but can be kept smaller if pruned each spring. For pops of color in a shade garden opt for spring bulbs like tulips, crocus, irises, hyacinth etc. and for added summer and fall color plant shade tolerant flowers like impatients, periwinkle, caladium, etc. If you area gets some sun then planting peonies are a beautiful addition that you don't have to do anything to. Plant them and leave them alone or you will kill them. They are beautiful when in bloom in the springtime and fragrant with huge rose looking type blooms but the blooms only last a short time. Elephant ears are a very showy large plant which is beautiful in a part shade garden but you will have to dig the bulbs up on them in the fall and store them in a dry cool place until the next spring if you live in a region of the country that gets freezing cold temps. There are many options for shade flower beds but sadly not near as many as if you get a bit more sun. Still they do have many different color options for shade loving plants which helps bring color to a shady garden and some that have pretty flowers, Impatiens are once such plant that is just beautiful in a shady to part shady area. I'd recommend checking with a nursery for more options and better advice on finding the right plant for your area and needs.
    • Norma Jean Dickerson
      on May 18, 2017

      Thank you for all the recommendations! We live just east of Kansas City, MO so your ideas will probably work here...!
  • Vicki
    on May 18, 2017

    Honeysuckle is fragrant and is easy to trim...or let it go. Have an old trellis and it is covered about half. Not a lot of bees normally


  • Norma Jean Dickerson
    on May 18, 2017

    Love honeysuckle...
  • Ardale
    on May 18, 2017

    We live in southern Mo. when we bought our land to build our house on it was all forest. My husband hates cutting down a tree unless its dead so I have to deal with lots of shade. I love gardening and flowers so you can guess how hard it's been for me to get pretty flowers to grow over the last 34 yrs. I've learned a few things over the years and am still dealing with 3 of the vines I have planted over those years so you see why I don't recommend planting anything that vines unless its pretty, it flowers and it only vines over the ground like vinca. We once had a nice strawberry patch in our vegetable garden but it got rained out due to a very rainy year and now I have thousands of little tiny wild (they reverted back to wild) strawberry plants that are literally all over the place due to having a creek running the length of our 5 1/2 acre yard but these are so pretty when they bloom and then again when they set fruit that I don't mind them all over the place. I hope my advice did help you neighbor!
  • Karen
    on May 18, 2017

    Great ideas above. NO IVY. We have a nightmare!
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