Another shady question...

As I was cleaning out my garage, I found an old trellis that I had totally forgotten about. It is a good size and I would like to put it in my shade butterfly garden. I am considering adding passion flower vines or climbing hydrangeas for it - which would be best for a shady spot? Or any other plants that might work better here?. I live in Zone 9. THANKS!
  6 answers
  • Pamela Pamela on Apr 13, 2014
    I have lots of shade in my zone 6 garden. I love Clematis which some cultivars will grow in shade to part sun. Here is a link for vines that grow in shade for a zone 9 garden: Have fun!!!
  • Charlotte Charlotte on Apr 13, 2014
    Clematis is great but you may want to grow a companion plant with it. Usually plants like clematis take 3 years to get to its full potential. 1st year-sleep, 2nd year-creep, 3rd year-leap.
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 14, 2014
    For a butterfly garden, I would certainly opt for the passion flower. Climbing hydrangea is beautiful, but gets to be very large and would easily take down a trellis.
    • Amy Amy on Apr 15, 2014
      @Douglas Hunt Thanks! After all the good things I have heard about the passion flower in my zone, I think I will go with this one. Wish me luck!
  • Genie Krivanek Genie Krivanek on Apr 14, 2014
    Don't use climbing hydrangea. They need shelter but also need some sun and if it's too shady they won't bloom. AND they get HUGE! I would go to a LOCAL nursery (not a big box store) and talk to them. They can give you the best advice for your area. You may pay a dollar or two more but it will be WELL worth it. Good luck!!!!
  • Connie S Connie S on Apr 14, 2014
    Passion flower can turn invasive if not kept under strict control. It can send runners and re-seed itself. Cardinal Vine grows well in partial shade. Butterflies love it.
  • Teresa Schroepfer Teresa Schroepfer on Apr 14, 2014
    Clematis is sure a good choice. You could plant moon flower with it, but it is an annual. I still love it and the blooms are outstanding and it like the sun. Post a pic when you decide.
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