There are two types of honeysuckle:
- Climbers prefer fertile, humus rich, moist but well-drained soil. Though they will flower best with the top growth in full sun, they are less prone to aphid attack in partial shade.
- Grow shrubby honeysuckles in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
Both types are very easy to grow. They like a mulch around the base of organic matter, such as garden compost or well-rotted manure, to reduce water stress. Top dressing in spring with general fertiliser such as Growmore or fish blood and bone will promote growth and flowering.
Common name: Honeysuckle
Group: Climbers and shrubs
Flowering time: Climbers flower in summer; shrubs in late winter, spring or summer
Planting time: Deciduous in winter; evergreens in spring or autumn
Height and spread: Various
Aspect: Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness: Mostly fully hardy, some tender species e.g. L. hildebrandiana
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