Vines are often the final perfect touch in your Houston, Texas shade garden. You can train them to climb up the trunks of your shade trees, to curl delightfully over a stone wall, or climb up a decorative trellis. Here in Houston, Texas, there are many lovely vines you can choose from that will thrive not only in our climate but in the shade or partial sun of your shade garden. For just a few of the vines you can choose to plant in your Houston, Texas shade garden, see below.
Algerian Ivy. This lovely vine actually prefers the shade of your Houston, Texas garden, and at most will tolerate filtered sun. You can plant these vines from the fall all the way through the spring in Houston, Texas, and they will grow to heights of thirty feet or more. This is also a hardy vine that will survive the Houston, Texas winter without problems. It does require good drainage in your shade garden.
English Ivy. Another vine that does best in shade or filtered sun, this ivy does need soil that is kept moist but has good drainage. These vines can be planted from the fall through the spring in your Houston, Texas garden, and will grow to be 30 feet tall (or higher.) Ivy is always an elegant, beautiful touch to any garden.
Kiowa Blackberry. These perennial vines do best when planted in partial shade, and will draw birds to your Houston, Texas shade garden. This is one of the best types of blackberries to grow in Houston, and it produces a large number of really yummy berries. These vines are also drought tolerant, and can take cold temperatures that drop below freezing. Overall a very hard to kill vine that will look (and taste) great in your Houston, Texas shade garden.
Bleeding Heart. The pretty red and white flowers of this perennial vine will look lovely in your Houston, Texas shade garden. These vines will grow to be about twelve feet high, and should be planted in partial sun. They will bloom from June through September, and also have very pretty foliage. Plant these vines in the spring in your Houston, Texas shade garden.
Butterfly Vine. Plant this perennial vine in partial sun and it will bloom with lovely yellow flowers from May through the first frost in your Houston, Texas shade garden. Its seed pods look like little brown butterflies, hence this vine’s name. Plant these vines in the spring or fall in your shade garden, and they will climb to heights of up to 18 feet. This is an easy vine to grow.
Creeping Fig. This vine is perfect to use for groundcover in your Houston, Texas shade garden, or to use to cover up unattractive walls or fences. Its small leaves have very pretty cream edges, and this fast growing vine will climb to 40 feet or higher. Plant it in shade or filtered sunlight in your Houston, Texas shade garden. These vines will do best in soil with good drainage.
Chocolate Vine. The purple flowers of this perennial vine will bloom in the spring and smell absolutely divine while doing so. These vines will grow, spread and climb in your Houston, Texas shade garden with amazing speed, and these vines also make a great groundcover. Plant in the spring in partial sunlight, and expect heights of up to 25 feet and widths of up to 20 feet. The greenish-blue leaves of this vine are also very pretty.
Mandevilla. This vine will bloom with pink, white and yellow flowers in your Houston, Texas shade garden from July through September. Plant in partial sun and expect heights of up to 20 feet. This vine is an annual and is susceptible to frost damage, but its spectacular flowers make it worthwhile. It does best in soil with good drainage.