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Northern California Regional Reports

Shade-Tolerant Flowering Climbers

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‘Charisma’ variegated bower vine. Photo: courtesy of Monrovia

A beautiful vine adds visual vertical interest to the landscape. It can be used to dress up uninspiring fences and walls, hide unsightly views, or adorn a trellis, obelisk, or arbor. Most well-known flowering vines and climbers require at least six hours of full sun for peak performance, but there are a few climbers who prefer shelter from the afternoon sun’s hottest rays. If you’re seeking a vine to enhance your shaded garden, check out the following beauties!

'Zepherine Drouhin’ star roses
The delicate pink blooms of ‘Zepherine Drouhin’ bloom from spring through fall. Photo: courtesy of Star Roses and Plants

‘Zepherine Drouhin’ rose (Rosa ‘Zepherine Drouhin’, Zones 6–11)

Most roses prefer at least six hours of sunshine to perform their best, but the stunning climber ‘Zepherine Drouhin’ not only tolerates shade but produces bountiful, exceptionally fragrant deep pink roses while doing so! First introduced in 1868, this almost thornless Bourbon rose reaches…

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