Partial shade locations are defined as those that receive four hours of lighting a day. These locations are less harsh than full sun and a bit easier to grow in than full shade locations. For flowering native plants, this is an ideal location for many flowers. These native plants do well in partial shade, have fragrance, and are wildflowers that will be easier to grow due to their native status.
Aristolochia macrophylla Lam. (Dutchman’s Pipe, Pipevine, Aristolochia durior)
This vine grows 20 to 30 feet long and needs a spacing of 20 to 30 feet as well. It likes full sun to partial shade and will produce non-noticeable bronze flowers in late summer. Butterflies love this plant as it’s very fragrant. A strong and sturdy vine, this needs to be on a stout trellis. To propagate this very fast climber, you need to divide its root ball. It doesn’t have serious disease or pest problems. WARNING: This plant may be potentially poisonous.
Clematis virginiana L. (Devil’s Darning Needles, Virgin’s Bower)
This deciduous vine is a rapid grower, reaching maturity at around 18 feet. It is a member of the buttercup family, and can be found in thickets and stream banks. With distinctive string-like seeds, devil’s darning needles will bloom with white flowers late summer to fall. Its blooms have a faint fragrance. Plant this in full sun or partial shade for maximum benefits. Devil’s darning needles is hallucinogenic and has been used by Native Americans for backaches, stomach ailments and for the nerves. WARNING: All parts of this plant are poisonous due to anemonin properties.
Collinsonia canadensis L. (Stoneroot, Citronella Horsebalm)
Stoneroot grows five feet high with large toothed perennial leaves and a lemon-scented flower. Flowers are small, yellow, and on terminal spikes. Blooms arrive July through September. Stoneroot prefers partial shade and a rich neutral soil. It is relatively pest-free. Leaves were used as a tea substitute and the rhizome has been used as a tonic or an astringent. Propagate by seed outdoors in late fall or early spring.
Decumaria barbara L. (Woodvamp, Cimbing Hydrangea)
This ground cover is found all over Georgia. Its semi-evergreen glossy leaves have four inch white flowers in dome clusters. Its bloom season is from June to July, but it must climb as a vine for it to flower. It will get 25 to 30 feet in optimum conditions, preferring moist acidic soil and partial shade. It has a great scent and will last up to 10 years in this area. Propagate by softwood cuttings or by seed with softwood cuttings being the easiest of the pair.