Experts and BHG readers answer.
What flowering vine would you suggest for a shady spot?
Most flowering vines bloom more prolifically in sun. However, there are some vines that bloom and grow well in shade. Here are several to consider: Fiveleaf akebia (Akebia quinata). The dark flowers of akebia are subtle; 'Alba' and 'Shirobana', with white flowers, and 'Rosea', with lavender flowers, are more showy. Zones 5-9 Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris). Creamy white flowers in late spring. Zones 5-7. Dutchman's pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla). Purplish-brown pipe-shaped blooms on a bold-textured vine. Zones 4-7. False climbing hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides). Showy white blooms that resemble a lacecap hydrangea. Zones 6-8. Hardy kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta). Flowers are fragrant but not showy. However, the pink, white, and green tricolored foliage is colorful. Zones 3-8. Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). Pink or yellow flowers all season. Avoid planting the invasive Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica) Zones 4-9.