Honeysuckle plants are vigorous climbers with clusters of deliciously scented flowers to attract the bees and butterflies in Summer, followed by berries for the birds in Autumn. Available in a variety of colours, they’re a must for any garden arch, pergola or fence. Read on for more tips and advice on choosing, growing and caring for your Honeysuckle plants.
Choose your Honeysuckle Plants
All Honeysuckle vines have a fabulous scent - one of the best is RHS Award winning Serotina. Flower colours range from ivories and creams (GS Thomas, Mint Crisp) through golden yellows (Similis var. Delavayi) to deep crimsons and purples (Dropmore Scarlet, Belgica) Most Honeysuckles are deciduous (which means more prolific flowering), but for year-round colour, choose evergreen varieties Halliana or Henryi.
Where to grow Honeysuckle plants
Honeysuckle are woodland plants, so they do best in a position with their roots in shade and their stems in the sun - a west facing wall or fence is ideal. These sturdy climbers need a strong support to climb up, such as a trellis or wire frame. The scent grows stronger in a warm position: plant honeysuckle near a bench or path so you can enjoy it as you pass!
Honeysuckle Plant Care Tips
Honeysuckle plants thrive in any well drained soil, and only need regular watering during dry spells. To encourage flower production, feed with a general purpose fertiliser in Spring. Honeysuckle do need pruning to maintain a neat shape, and this should be done after flowering. Read our Full Care Guide for more about growing and caring for Honeysuckle Plants.
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