What’s Doing the Blooming? Honeysuckle Vine

dropmore-scarlet-honeysuckle-vine-close-upHoneysuckle vine, also known as Lonicera, are a classic favorite.  Common supports for honeysuckle vine are a trellis, arbor, fence or other sturdy structure. But don’t let the word “vine” stop you from using these plants as a groundcover or for erosion control.  Stunning is the best word I can think of to describe what a hillside of honeysuckle vine in bloom looks like!

Of all the hardy and showy honeysuckle vines, and there are many, I have chosen to feature ‘Dropmore Scarlet’.  Its vivid scarlet-orange tubular flowers are borne in clusters through summer and into fall.  They are followed by bright red fruit, enjoyed by our local songbirds.  The graceful, arching branches and dense blueish green, lanceolate foliage add to its visual appeal.  The tubular flowers mentioned earlier cater to hummingbirds — you will undoubtedly see them feeding from these blossoms all spring and summer.

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Honeysuckle Vine ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ Buds

Honeysuckle vines can reach heights of between 10-20’ and spread out as widely as 10’.  Occasional pruning will keep them from getting overly woody and promote fresh new growth.  The mature, woody vines can be used for wreathes, baskets and floral work. As long they have full sun, average, well-drained soil and plenty of room to fill, Honeysuckle isn’t too fussy.  Give ‘em a boost in spring with an application of a time-release fertilizer such as Osmocote. Honeysuckles work hard during the growing season and will benefit from it!

 

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