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Full shade plants require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day, while partial shade plants require 2 to 4 hours.

Note that, in each list, plants from different climate zones with different growing conditions may be mixed together. So before making a final choice on any given plant, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right plant for the right place.

Full shade vines

Full shade vines that require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day (don’t forget that these aren’t endives – they do need light) and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name Type
Akebia quinata Fiveleaf Akebia Deciduous
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper Euonymus Evergreen
Hedera helix English Ivy Evergreen
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris Climbing Hydrangea Deciduous
Lonicera japonica Japanese Honeysuckle Deciduous
Lonicera x ‘Mandarin’ Mandarin Trumpet Honeysuckle Deciduous
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia Creeper Deciduous
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston Ivy Deciduous
Schizophragma hydrangeoides Japanese Hydrangea-vine Deciduous

Partial shade vines

Partial shade vines that require between 2 and 4 hours of direct sunlight per day and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name Type
Aristolochia macrophylla (durior) Dutchmen’s Pipe Deciduous
Campsis radicans Common Trumpetcreeper Deciduous
Clematis virginiana Virginsbower Deciduous
Euonymus fortunei Wintercreeper Euonymus Evergreen
Hedera helix English Ivy Evergreen
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris Climbing Hydrangea Deciduous
Lonicera japonica Japanese Honeysuckle Deciduous
Lonicera sempervirens Trumpet Honeysuckle Evergreen
Lonicera periclymenum Woodbine Honeysuckle Deciduous
Parthenocissus quinquefolia Virginia Creeper Deciduous
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston Ivy Deciduous
Polygonum aubertii Silver Lace Vine Deciduous
Schizophragma hydrangeoides Japanese Hydrangea-vine Deciduous

Consider visiting our Shade plants page, where you will find general information on growing plants in shady locations.

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.

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