If you love wildlife then I would recommend growing a honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is available in 150 varieties and you can choose from white, pink, red and yellow flowers.
|Japanese honeysuckle is invasive|
Plant the honeysuckle the same depth as the nursery pot. Allow eighteen inches in-between plants. Place a trellis directly behind the vine.
Water the plants thoroughly. Keep the soil evenly moist throughout the growing season. Do not allow the soil to dry out. It takes two years to establish the vines in your garden. Once established the honeysuckle is drought tolerant.
- If you have a slope in your yard where it is hard to mow then grow the trumpet honeysuckle as it will quickly cover the ground and it will control erosion.
- Prune the honeysuckle in the autumn or when the flowers stop blooming.
- Watch the honeysuckle vine so that it does not choke your other plants. The honeysuckle has an entwining growing habit and if left unattended it can become intrusive.
- Honeysuckle is deer resistant
- Some honeysuckles produce a fruit. This fruit is forage for bluebirds, cardinals and other birds.
- Grow is USDA Zones 4 to 9
- Fertilize the honeysuckle in the spring after the danger of frost has past. Feed with an all purpose fertilizer 10-10-10 or 20-10-10.