Not many flowering vines thrive in shaded garden conditions. Vinca and Chinese wisteria can usually be counted on to brighten up a shady corner, and Hall's honeysuckle works as long as it gets some afternoon sun.
Perennial vinca has bluish-purple flowers that bloom from spring through early fall. Commonly known as periwinkle, there are two types of vinca vines – vinca major and vinca minor. Vinca major has larger leaves and flowers. This vine can grow and flower in deep shade, making it prized among home and business owners with heavily shaded landscaping.
Chinese wisteria makes a wonderful vine for climbing up over a shady porch area, but its supports must be sturdy enough to handle it. Chinese wisteria can become quite heavy after it matures. Hall's honeysuckle smells lovely and is easy to care for, but it may need to be cut back often to keep it from becoming invasive.