Clematis on a trellis over a garden gate
Dutchman's-pipe grows 20 to 30 feet long, with large, heart-shaped
green leaves, and blooms June - July with unique flowers that gave
rise to its common name. They are greenish-yellow inside and
purplish outside. This species is native to the eastern United
States, despite its tropical appearance. Sweet autumn clematis grows
vigorously 15 to 30 feet long. It blooms with fragrant white flowers
in late summer. Climbing hydrangea is an exquisite vine, with glossy
deep green foliage and mildly fragrant white flowers that bloom in
June. The flowers are typical lace-cap hydrangea blooms. Climbing
hydrangeas can grow 60 - 80 feet long, but they are slow to get
going and will not achieve that size for many, many years.
Exfoliating bark on their stems gives climbing hydrangea four
seasons of interest in the garden.
Virginia creeper is also native
to the United States, and grows 30 to 50 feet long. Although the
flowers are not showy - they can easily be overlooked - Virginia
creeper is prized for its crimson fall foliage and ease of growth.
The related Boston ivy is similar, but has large three-lobed leaves
rather than three to five leaflets that comprise Virginia creeper's
leaves. Japanese hydrangea vine is another outstanding perennial
vine for shaded sites, and very similar to climbing hydrangea, It
grows 20 - 30 feet long. Yellow fall foliage and reddish-brown stems
create winter interest that give Japanese hydrangea vine four-season
appeal. The cultivar 'Moonlight' has silvery-toned leaves with green
veins for added summer interest when not in bloom.
Pruning Clematis Vines
in the Shade