April 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm #155150Jeff Graham, Associate ASLAParticipant
For a SoCal client, I’ve found very few options for a vine that will grow on a wall, in the shade. Complicating it is that it’s inside the drip ring of an oak. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.April 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm #155159Roland BeinertParticipant
Does Virginia creeper grow there? I think that does well in dry shade.April 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm #155158
Haha… 🙂April 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm #155157
Great question. Here are a couple that I have used in dry shade around oaks:
Creeping Fig does well in sun or part shade and takes little irrigation (depending on where you live). It can cling to walls and does not need any support. Though, you should keep it pruned back. I have seen it become top heavy and pull off of large parking structure. If you want to play off of the oak leaf, there is a variety quercifolia.
Hardenbergia violacea (Lilac Vine)
This is an Australian native that does well in dryish shade. It seems to bloom all the time, but it needs a support structure to grow. If the wall has not been built yet, perhaps something like greenscreen would work for your application?
You could also try Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) and Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle). Both do well in SoCal I believe.
I hope this helps!April 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm #155156tobyParticipant
The ficus will grow in the shade, but it roots into any surface of whatever its growing on.
And having had to maintain both of those vines during a previous life, I can say they both require constant pruning at 2 years on, and will look horrible for quite a while if it is let go too long to then be cut back.
Have you considered wire vine ? https://www.google.com/search?q=wire+vine&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=9-x3UbXCGsGfiQLIl4HYDQ&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1567&bih=964 Like T.jasminoides, it will need support.April 25, 2013 at 12:24 am #155155Jeff Graham, Associate ASLAParticipant
Many thanks Roland, Andrew, Toby and David for your ideas. Quickly researching now. Best, JeffApril 25, 2013 at 5:40 am #155154
Glad to help! Let us know how it goes…October 31, 2013 at 11:43 pm #155153Mark Di LucidoParticipant
Ficus pumila. Certainly does well on east-facing walls and I’ve seen it on north-facing wall too in USDA zone 9. This evergreen has attractive juvenile leaves which belie its eventual aggresivenessNovember 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm #155152Sam BennettParticipant
Trachelospermum jasminoides- Star Jasmine.November 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm #155151
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