Honeysuckle is a vigorous climber with green, oval leaves. It is a common species in hedgerows and is a great addition to a wildlife garden. It can be trained up a wall or fence, but looks best scrambling through a hedge.
There are some 180 species of honeysuckle, including the native wild flower, also known as woodbine. These range from stocky evergreen bushes to vigorous climbers. Many honeysuckles are invasive, so please stick with the native species Lonicera periclymenum, or L. fragrantissima, L. involucrata or L. purpusii
It will grow in most soils, but does best in dryish loam. It prefers full sun and tolerates partial shade.
If it is pruned hard it thickens up to become an ideal nest and roost site.
To plant a honeysuckle, dig a hole larger than the rootball, about 30 cm from a fence or wall, and add compost. Fill with soil level to the top of the rootball, firm in and water well. Keep moist through the summer.
Honeysuckle needs support to cling to as it grows, so spread out the shoots as they grow and tie in.
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