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Shade Plants and Vine Plants for the South

Michael Nolan
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When it comes to shade plants and vine plants in the south, the sky is literally the limit. The climate makes it possible to extend the growing season and to grow many plants much longer than you can in other parts of the country.

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Shade Plants

In the south, home gardeners are commonly faced with overwhelming heat and high humidity that often starts in spring and doesn’t let up until late fall. This can sometimes create a different environment for shade gardens where the shade canopy coupled with the humidity fosters a tropical microclimate.

Here are some of our suggestions for shade plants in the south:

  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Heuchera
  • Hosta
  • Hydrangea
  • Mountain Laurel

Vine Plants

For southern gardens, you have so many wonderful options for vine plants that can add beauty, delicious scents, and even fruit to your landscape. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Grape / Muscadine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Morning Glory
  • Sweet Pea

It is important to remember that some vine plants are known for invasive tendencies, so take precautions when planting these vine plants to ensure they stay where you want them.

Please note that the plants mentioned in this article are only suggestions and all plants may not be available in all areas. Your local Home Depot Garden Center is fully stocked with shade plant and vine plant selections that are hand picked because they grow well in your area. If you have any questions about choosing the right plants for your shade gardens, a Home Depot associate will be happy to help.

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