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Gorgeous Vines for Shade and Privacy

These versatile vines provide structure, screening, and shade, while abounding with colorful blooms

Flowering vines are perfect for screening structures you may not want to highlight in your garden. Crossvine hides the metal siding of this silo. Photo: Karen Beaty

Gardeners are often looking to create areas of shade and privacy in their gardens. Flowering vines are a beautiful way to do both. Arbors, fences, and trellises can be made less stark and more attractive with the addition of flowering vines. Here are a few standout choices for flowering vines that provide good shade and privacy in Southern Plains gardens.

Carolina jessamine
Carolina jessamine is quick to cover a fence or trellis with an abundance of yellow blooms. Photo: courtesy of Growing Wild Nursery

Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens, Zones 7–10)

Carolina jessamine is a beautiful, perennial, evergreen vine with yellow blooms and waxy, dark green leaves. The vines can grow up to 30 feet in length and will readily cover trellises and fences, both wooden and wire. It’s not known for growing up brick walls but is often found on fencerows in its native range from Virginia south to Florida and eastward to…

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