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Old 05-27-2008, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Is there any vine that grows in shade? I have an arbor in a certain area and its mostly shade. I would like to grow something on it. Anyone know of anything that would work? Preferbly deer resistant (I'm probably asking too much on that one).
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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Ivy is great for shade areas. As far as deer proof, can't say.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:03 PM
 
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Moonflower vine. It grows fast and has large white beautiful and very fragrant blooms. I love it myself. However do not plant where children or pets will play. Don't know about the deer.
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Great ideas nitram and Rainna. I like the moonflower vine idea. I have ivy and not sure I want it all over the trees as well (many trees around area). Thanks so much.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Chocolate vine, aka fiveleaf akebia, works very well on an arbor. It is evergreen in your area and grows quickly. However, it is very invasive, so you have to be careful not to let it get out of control.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:39 AM
 
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Have you ever tried climbing hydrangea? Very slow grower, but worth the wait.
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:09 PM
 
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I second the chocolate vine. It has a subtle, sweet fragrance and scampers right up an arbor.
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for the ideas. I went to the nursery yesterday and asked about the ones that were mentioned here. I liked the chocloate vine, but the guy told me it was tricky to take hold in our clay soil. I looked at the moonflower, but didn't realize that was an annual, so that won't work. Then I looked at a crossvine and apparently they didn't think that was a good choice either. They recommended the carolina jasmine and another jasmine (yellow flowered one) that they put together.. so one blooms in spring and the other late Spring or Summer. I like that idea... I already have the carolina jasmine in another area, but thought it need more sun. He said it didn't. I looked into the hydrangea .. but I think the deer will like that too much. I saw a couple other vines (really expensive.. named china blue something), I liked that one too. With the crossvine.. anyone grow it in our clay soils and it made it?
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Old 06-01-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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I'm growing the chocolate vine just fine in clay soil. It's already halfway up my arbor, and I just planted it in early spring. By summer, it should be over the top. I did amend the soil pretty good with Miracle-Gro before I planted it, so maybe that helped!

The azaleas I planted certainly aren't doing as well, and the pink thyme hates the clay soil, so it is a challenge. Good luck!
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Virginia Creeper does very well in the shade here. I know it's wild, but I do like the fall color it has. Some people are sensitive to it, but that's rare.
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