How to Grow and Care for Honeysuckle Flowers

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Honeysuckle is beautiful flowering vines that cover walls and trees in the springtime. Their showy colors stand out against any green foliage background. Most varieties of honeysuckles smell lovely, especially in full bloom. Some grow short, while others can grow into large bushes that provide a lot of privacy and seclusion from onlookers. So, how can you grow honeysuckle at home? Read on this blog.

Types of Honeysuckle Shrubs

There are many varieties of honeysuckle shrubs, but the most popular types include:

Japanese honeysuckle

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Japanese honeysuckle is the most popular honeysuckle used in landscaping. This variety has bright green leaves with long thin stems that hold several trumpet-shaped flowers at one time. The blooms come in many colors, usually reds, purples, and yellows but may also be white, pink, or apricot tinted. Each flower has a head that contains several stamens with bright yellow anthers.

Since Japanese honeysuckle is climbers, the flowers form in threes and thus look very different from the honeysuckles of bushes with flowers in clusters of either two or five.

Trumpet honeysuckle

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Trumpet honeysuckles are shrubs that grow only a few feet tall and usually bush out, which is why they make good ground covers. They have smooth dark green leaves, and the flowers form in small clusters of three to five blooms. The trumpet-shaped flowers can vary widely in color, with some in pale pink and others leaning towards reds. This variety thrives in well-draining soil kept consistently moist with regular watering.

Winter honeysuckle

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Most of the winter honeysuckles bloom in winter when few plants are blooming in the garden. They grow about three to six feet tall and have dark green glossy leaves. Winter honeysuckle bears flowers that come in orange or yellow. Besides the beauty of the flowers, this variety produces berries that start as white when young and then turn to a shiny red.

Orange honeysuckle

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Also called trumpet honeysuckle, orange honeysuckles are shrubs that grow as high as six feet and spread as wide. They produce bright yellow flowers in spring. They bear summer berries that attract birds and other wildlife to your garden. 

Pink honeysuckle

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Pink honeysuckle, also called Goldflame, is a semi-evergreen thicket forming shrub that grows to be about five feet tall and wide. It has good smelling tubular pink flowers that have creamy yellow on the inside, bloom in the spring, and continue to fall. It also produces berries with yellow flesh in summer. This variety of honeysuckle can easily climb your trellis, arbor, or fence. When you want to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard, plant this variety of honeysuckle. 

Honeysuckle Care & Maintenance  

Honeysuckle care is easy to maintain. Here are easy tips for keeping most of its varieties;

  • Start pruning the shrubs after the shedding of flowers in the spring
  • You should only do heavy pruning in winter when the plant is dormant
  • Learn how to contain honeysuckle root systems, less it can be invasive

This is an easy-care plant for every homeowner desiring to beautify their homestead with most honeysuckle varieties. 

Propagating Honeysuckle

You can propagate honeysuckles by cutting up pieces of the root to produce new plants, but this is not necessary since they will pop up wherever the seeds fall.

Honeysuckle Growth Conditions

Water

Honeysuckles require regular watering, especially during dry weather. But take note not to overwater your plants as it may lead to root rot. Mulching during dry weather helps the soil retain its moisture. And just like any other plant, reduce watering during winter.

Soil

The plant can grow in any soil but thrives in organically rich and well-draining soil. Ensure to maintain the soil moist but not soggy. 

Light

Honeysuckle loves full sunlight, where they flower more profusely but can also tolerate partial shade.

Honeysuckles Pests and Diseases

Many honeysuckle species are susceptible to thread blight, honeysuckle blight (a fungal infection), and aphids. Aphids are attracted to those varieties grown in full sunlight.

Improve air circulation between the plants, avoid overwatering and remove the leaves infected with the pests. If fungal infection is rampant, use a fungicide.

Conclusion

So if you need versatile, low maintenance, and easy to grow plants for fragrance, beauty, and to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, consider honeysuckle. There are a variety of sizes, colors, and species. Want to learn more about home gardening? Subscribe to our blog today!

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