Flowering Vines For Sun (10 Vines That Tolerate Full Sun)


Some vines tolerate shade, while others are thrive in full sun all day.  There are even some sun-loving vines with dazzling flowers to add beauty to your landscape.

So, what are some flowering vines for sun?  Flowering vines for sun include: Blue Passion Flower, Bougainvillea, Clematis, Coral Honeysuckle, Gloriosa Lily, Goji Berry, Moonflower, Purple Hyacinth Bean, Star Jasmine, and Trumpet Creeper.  Some of these vines have attractive foliage and can climb very high!

Of course, all of these vines can survive in full sun, but some tolerate partial or full shade as well.

In this article, we’ll talk about 10 flowering vines for sun.  We’ll also take a look at what they need for light, water, and other important growth factors.

Let’s get started.

10 Flowering Vines For Sun

There are plenty of flowering vines that can thrive in sun, but here are 10 to start with:

  • Blue Passion Flower
  • Bougainvillea
  • Clematis
  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Gloriosa Lily
  • Goji Berry
  • Moonflower
  • Purple Hyacinth Bean
  • Star Jasmine
  • Trumpet Creeper

Blue Passion Flower

Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea) is a deciduous perennial vine that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces medium (3 to 4 inch) showy, fragrant blue, green, and purple flowers in late spring, summer, or fall.

Blue Passion Flower
Blue Passion Flower is a deciduous perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Blue Passion Flower needs moderate moisture levels, and it tolerates humidity.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Blue Passion Flower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.5).

Blue Passion Flower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 10 to 40 feet, with a width of 6 to 10 feet.

You can propagate Blue Passion Flower by division or root cuttings.

You can learn more about Blue Passion Flower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Blue Passion Flower from Sooner Plant Farm.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea or Great Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis) is a perennial vine that produces showy purple, red, or orange flowers repeatedly during the year.

bougainvillea
Bougainvillea is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Bougainvillea needs moderate moisture, but tolerates drought once established.  It needs good drainage in a container.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Bougainvillea prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 5.5 to 6.0).

Bougainvillea cannot tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or –4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, with a width of 6 to 8 feet.

You can propagate Bougainvillea by stem or tip cuttings.

You can learn more about Bougainvillea from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Bougainvillea from Moon Valley Nurseries.

Clematis

Clematis is a perennial vine that produces showy flowers of various colors in late spring, summer, or early fall.

clematis
Clematis is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Clematis prefers moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and damage the plant.

Clematis can tolerate full sun or partial shade.  It prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 7.0 to 8.5).

Clematis can tolerate severe cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or –34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet.

You can propagate Clematis by softwood cuttings.

You can learn more about Clematis from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Clematis from Spring Hill Nursery.

Coral Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is a perennial vine that produces showy and fragrant small (1 to 2 inch) red flowers in late spring, summer, or early fall.

Coral Honeysuckle
Coral Honeysuckle is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Coral Honeysuckle prefers moderate to dry moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and damage the plant.

Coral Honeysuckle can tolerate full sun or partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Coral Honeysuckle can tolerate severe cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or –34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 12 to 16 feet, with a width of 3 to 6 feet.

You can propagate Coral Honeysuckle by cuttings.

You can learn more about Coral Honeysuckle from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

Gloriosa Lily

Gloriosa Lily or Flame Lily (Gloriosa superba) is a deciduous perennial vine that produces showy large (4 to 5 inch) red, pink, orange, and yellow flowers in summer or fall.

Gloriosa
Gloriosa Lily is a deciduous perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Gloriosa Lily prefers moderate moisture levels, although in nature it is adapted to heavy rainfall followed by drought when it becomes dormant.  Too much water will cause root rot and damage the plant.

Gloriosa Lily prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers alkaline soil (pH of 7.9 to 9.0).

Gloriosa Lily cannot tolerate much cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9a (as cold as 20 degrees Fahrenheit or –7 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, with a width of 2 to 3 feet.

You can propagate Gloriosa Lily by division, or stolons and runners.

You can learn more about Gloriosa Lily from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Gloriosa Lily from Terra Ceia Farms.

Goji Berry

Goji Berry (Lycium barbarum) is a deciduous vine that produces showy tiny (less than 1 inch) lavender flowers in spring.

Goji Berry
Goji Berry is a deciduous vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Goji Berry needs moderate moisture levels, but it is suitable for xeriscaping.  Too much water causes root rot and can damage the plant.

Goji Berry prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It tolerates slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.6 to 7.8).

Goji Berry can tolerate severe cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 5a (as cold as -20 degrees Fahrenheit or –29 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 3 to 10 feet, with a width of 3 to 4 feet.

You can propagate Goji Berry by layering, stem cuttings, tip cuttings, or seeds (the plant is self-fertile).

You can learn more about Goji Berry from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Goji Berry from Growjoy.

Moonflower

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is a deciduous perennial vine that can survive in Zone 7.  It produces medium (3 to 4 inch) showy, fragrant, white flowers in summer or early fall.

Moonflower
Moonflower is a deciduous perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Moonflower needs moderate moisture levels.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Moonflower prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers acidic soil (pH of 6.1 to 6.5).

Moonflower can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 7a (as cold as 0 degrees Fahrenheit or –18 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 12 feet, with a width of 6 to 12 feet.

You can propagate Moonflower by seeds.

You can learn more about Moonflower from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Moonflower from Eden Brothers.

Purple Hyacinth Bean

Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) is a perennial vine that produces showy and fragrant purple, pink, or white flowers in summer or early fall.

Purple Hyacinth Bean is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Purple Hyacinth Bean needs moderate moisture levels.  It needs good drainage in a container.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Purple Hyacinth Bean prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.0 to 6.8).

Purple Hyacinth Bean cannot tolerate extreme cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 9b (as cold as 25 degrees Fahrenheit or –4 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 6 to 8 feet.

You can propagate Purple Hyacinth Bean by seeds.

You can learn more about Purple Hyacinth Bean from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Purple Hyacinth Bean from Seed Corner.

Star Jasmine

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is a perennial vine that produces showy and fragrant white flowers in late spring or summer.

Star Jasmine
Star Jasmine is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Star Jasmine needs moderate moisture levels.  It needs good drainage in a container.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Star Jasmine needs full sun.  It prefers slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.8).

Star Jasmine can tolerate some cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 8a (as cold as 10 degrees Fahrenheit or –12 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 15 to 40 feet.

You can propagate Star Jasmine by stem cuttings.

You can learn more about Star Jasmine from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Star Jasmine from the Nursery at Ty Ty.

Trumpet Creeper

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans) is a perennial vine that produces showy medium (2 to 3 inch) orange flowers in summer or early fall.

Trumpet Creeper
Trumpet Creeper is a perennial vine with showy flowers that prefers full sun.

Trumpet Creeper needs moderate to dry moisture levels.  It needs good drainage in a container.  Too much water will cause root rot and eventually kill the plant.

Trumpet Creeper prefers full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade.  It prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil (pH of 6.1 to 7.3).

Trumpet Creeper can tolerate severe cold.  As an outdoor plant, it is hardy to Zone 4a (as cold as -30 degrees Fahrenheit or –34 degrees Celsius).

This plant grows to a height of 30 feet, with a width of 30 feet.

You can propagate Trumpet Creeper by layering, stem cuttings, or seed.

You can learn more about Trumpet Creeper from the National Gardening Association’s Plant Database.

You can find Trumpet Creeper from Tennessee Wholesale Nursery.

Conclusion

Now you know about 10 flowering vines for sun and how to take care of them.  They might provide inspiration to help you to improve your landscape and add beauty to your yard.

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~Jonathon

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