Explore Plants

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
    
 

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
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - May 14, 2011

From: Georgetown, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shade Tolerant
Title: Shaded Trellis Plants for Georgetown TX
Answered by: Brigid & Larry Larson

QUESTION:

What native plants work well on a trellis that will be placed in an area that remains shaded most of the day?

ANSWER:

We have a few good candidates for you.  We did a search on the Recommended Species for Central Texas and then narrowed the search looking for vines that tolerate shade well.  It does depend a bit on just how shady your site is.  Full shade is considered less that 2 hours sun a day and partial shade 2-6 hours of sun a day.

 When I choose full shade, the search gave me two familiar species, the Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper) and the Parthenocissus heptaphylla (Sevenleaf creeper).  These will climb your trellis and tolerate shade well. Be aware that the Virginia Creeper is a bit on the agressive side, but then check out it's lovely fall color in the picture below.  Of course, you can follow the same search process if you’d like a herb or some other appearance.

                                             
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
       Parthenocissus quinquefolia        Parthenocissus heptaphylla

 When I instead selected partial shade, then there were eight candidates.  We've had Lonicera sempervirens (Coral honeysuckle) on our trellis and enjoy them.  There were also a few species of Clematis.  Good choices would be Clematis pitcheri (Purple clematis) or Clematis texensis (Scarlet clematis).

             
Lonicera sempervirens           Clematis pitcheri         
          Clematis texensis

 

More Shade Tolerant Questions

Plants for northern exposure in Wichita, KS
March 17, 2009 - What are good plants for the north side of the house with acidic soil in Zone 6, Wichita, KS?
view the full question and answer

Low evergreen shrubs for shade in Spring TX
February 19, 2009 - I am looking for an evergreen plant that grows no taller than 2 feet and will grow in shade. I would love to have one that would also produce flowers. Please help and thanks.
view the full question and answer

Good evergreen screen and some shade plants for Plano Texas
November 03, 2010 - We live in Plano Texas. We have 15' between our house and our neighbor. We want to plant a divider/screen of something evergreen, about 6-15' (6-8' is better) and narrow, about 2-3' wide between t...
view the full question and answer

Shade Tolerant Grasses and Groundcovers for Waco TX
March 15, 2013 - What is the best shade-tolerant grass? What is the best shade-tolerant ground cover?
view the full question and answer

Plants for shade native to New York
June 13, 2006 - I am gradually trying to convert my garden to all natives. I am working in a shaded area under a maple tree. Are there any varieties of epimediums/barrenwort or hellebores that are native to the nor...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.