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Shade Plants and Vine Plants for the West

Michael Nolan
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Chances are – unless you live in the middle of the desert – there is probably at least some portion of your landscape that is subjected to shade. Shade gardens are easy to grow and maintain when you have the right shade plants in them.

And if you are looking to create shade, vine plants are a fantastic and low cost option for creating a unique and fast-growing living wall that offers privacy and good looks at the same time.


Shade Plants

From ferns to hostas, heuchera to hydrangea, you have more choices than you might imagine when it comes to selecting shades plants for your garden. Here are some of our favorite suggestions for shade plants in the west:

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

Vine Plants

Our Californian Muddy Boots team member Gail had some great suggestions for vine plants that will grow well in the western regions. She loves the scent of wisteria, so if you have full sun available, “They are best planted in early spring to bloom spring  through summer, you can also use a grape vine, and confederate jasmine.”

Gail also shares an important tip about ongoing care, “These plants will need late summer pruning after blooming, along with a good fertilizer like Miracle-Gro or Osmocote.”

Some additional options for vine plants that will thrive in the west include:

  • Clematis
  • Climbing Rose
  • Dutchman’s Pipe
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Passionflower

The plants mentioned in this article are only suggestions. Please visit your local Home Depot Garden Center for a selection of shade plants and vine plants that are hand-picked to grow well where you live.

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