En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Monday - February 04, 2008

From: Manchaca, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Vines for shade in Central Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

We'd like to fill in our long expanse of yard fencing with climbing vines. We are limited by 40' live oaks that cut off the sun but surely something works in the shade and heat!

ANSWER:

There are lots of possibilities for vines that will grow in shade or partial shade in Travis County, Texas:

Berchemia scandens (Alabama supplejack), Parthenocissus heptaphylla (sevenleaf creeper), Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper), and Calystegia sepium (hedge false bindweed) will grow in shade (<2 hours a day) or part shade (2 to 6 hours a day).

The following will grow in part shade (2 to 6 hours a day):

Ampelopsis arborea (peppervine)

Ampelopsis cordata (heartleaf peppervine)

Bignonia capreolata (crossvine), semi-evergreen

Cissus trifoliata (sorrelvine)

Clematis drummondii (Drummond's clematis)

Clematis pitcheri (bluebill)

Clematis texensis (scarlet leather flower)

Cocculus carolinus (Carolina coralbead)

Gelsemium sempervirens (evening trumpetflower), evergreen

Ipomoea cordatotriloba var. cordatotriloba (tievine)

Lonicera albiflora (western white honeysuckle)

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle), evergreen

Maurandella antirrhiniflora (snapdragon vine)

Matelea reticulata (netted milkvine)

Merremia dissecta (Alamo vine)

Passiflora affinis (bracted passionflower)

Passiflora incarnata (purple passionflower)

Vitis mustangensis (mustang grape)

Vitis cinerea var. helleri (Heller's grape)


Berchemia scandens

Parthenocissus heptaphylla

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Calystegia sepium

Ampelopsis arborea

Ampelopsis cordata

Bignonia capreolata

Cissus trifoliata

Clematis drummondii

Clematis pitcheri

Clematis texensis

Cocculus carolinus

Gelsemium sempervirens

Ipomoea cordatotriloba var. cordatotriloba

Lonicera albiflora

Lonicera sempervirens

Maurandella antirrhiniflora

Matelea reticulata

Merremia dissecta

Passiflora affinis

Passiflora incarnata

Vitis mustangensis

Vitis cinerea var. helleri

 

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Butterfly plants from Austin TX
December 17, 2012 - I have a butterfly garden in the front part of the house facing the south side. However it is also mostly under a few Oak trees that cast shadow over half of the front yard starting early afternoon. ...
view the full question and answer

Native wildflowers for shade in Boone NC
July 05, 2011 - I have a totally shaded area with tall trees and want to plant some native shade wildflowers beneath the trees. It is fairly level. I'd like perennial flowers. I noticed Flaming Azalea was one opti...
view the full question and answer

Shade tolerant evergreens for privacy shield in Louisville KY
March 10, 2014 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, Our property is adjacent to the highway for ~ 200ft. I'm looking for partial-to-full shade tolerant evergreens that will grow to be relatively tall. Our soil is clay and g...
view the full question and answer

Groundcover for part shade/shade in Oklahoma.
September 14, 2009 - I am looking for perennial ground covers for shade to part shade under red oaks in central Oklahoma. Soil condition is usually dry. Can you recommend some natives in addition to creeper for xeriscape?...
view the full question and answer

Replacement for grass under non-native weeping willow from Yorba Linda CA
April 24, 2012 - What would be a good replacement for the grass currently growing under a weeping willow? Something requiring low maintenance, the problem is with mowing over and around the roots.
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center