There is something so charming about a home covered in vines. However, those of us in cooler climates sometimes have to deal with a house covered in dead-looking vines throughout the winter months if we do not select evergreen types. While most evergreen vines prefer warm, southern climates, there are some semi-evergreen and evergreen vines for zone 6. Continue reading to learn more about growing evergreen vines in zone 6.
Choosing Evergreen Vines for Zone 6
Semi-evergreen or semi-deciduous, by definition, is a plant that loses its leaves for only a short time as new leaves form. Evergreen naturally means a plant that retains its foliage throughout the year.
Generally, these are two different categories of plants. However, some vines and other plants can be evergreen in warmer climates but semi-evergreen in cooler climates. When vines are used as ground covers and spend some months beneath mounds of snow, it may be irrelevant whether it is semi-evergreen or a true evergreen. With vines that climb walls, fences or create privacy shields, you may want to make certain they are true evergreens.
Hardy Evergreen Vines
Below is a list of zone 6 evergreen vines and their characteristics:
Purple Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei var. Coloratus) – Hardy in zones 4-8, full-part sun, evergreen.
Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempirvirens) – Hardy in zones 6-9, full sun, may be semi-evergreen in zone 6.
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) – Hardy in zones 6-10, full-part sun, may be semi-evergreen in zone 6.
English Ivy (Hedera helix) – Hardy in zones 4-9, full sun-shade, evergreen.
Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) – Hardy in zones 6-9, part shade-shade, evergreen.
Tangerine Beauty Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) – Hardy in zones 6-9, full sun, may be semi-evergreen in zone 6.
Five-leaf Akebia (Akebia quinata) – Hardy in zones 5-9, full-part sun, may be semi-evergreen in zones 5 and 6.