Lady Banks’ Rose for Quick Shade
Arbors are great for dappled shade, but if more shade is needed consider the evergreen Lady Banks’ Rose. It grows quickly and packs a beautiful display of fragrant blooms in the spring. Flowers come in white or yellow, but I think the yellow shines the brightest.
Pruning can be somewhat of a challenge for any arbor vine, but because Lady Banks’ does not die back every year, most people tend to train it up to the top of the arbor and let it rip. Smaller applications for use, such as along fences or espaliered on a trellis, will yield considerable more pruning time.
Other good perennial choices I like for longer blooming interest are Trumpet vine, and Fall clematis, (which blooms in late August). My favorite for big showy flowers is the Mandevilla vine. Though Mandevilla is largely an annual in NC, it is unmatched for in its duration of bloom set and can be dug up, and stored in a crawl space or garage,for use the following season.