Thursday, July 3, 2014

Honeysuckle Caprifolium

A honeysuckle is blooming in my garden, delicate fragrance of its flowers is especially pleasant in the evenings! Some of you who grows a honeysuckle bush knows that it's an excellent climber, its shoots rise up to  4-6 m. 


 

My honeysuckle was planted after the planning the garden when arches and trellis for lianas were set along the summer house. Because it is difficult to replant later this large vine, one can damage its roots.

 

 

I love Perfoliate Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) because is unpretentious, hardy, has gentle and fragrant flowers and orange-red berries. Flowers are white or yellowish inside and purple outside, have an unique shape with long stamens. Although life of a fragrant flower lasts 3-4 days, but in general, flowering lasts about three weeks.

 

 

As this vine prefers a sunny location, I planted it at a trellis on the east side. Lonicera caprifolium is growing fast, its young shoots grow by 1.5-2 m per season. Another new plant bred from cuttings grows on the other side of the house. It's said the plant lives up to 50 years or more in one place.

 

 

Despite the fact that  honeysuckle came in the North from more southern areas, it winters well and does not need covering in my garden. If you would plant it near a support, you have to remember that honeysuckle stems twist counterclockwise. If you cut off the shoots which are too long it will stimulate the growth of lateral shoots. Also I like that Lonicera is completely resistant to pests and diseases. 

Do you have this plant in your garden? Is it wintering and blooming well? Thank you!

 





32 comments:

  1. Lovely! I grow the North American honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, which is also nice but not fragrant.

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    1. Lonicera sempervirens is growing here as well Jason. But I think is not popular as caprifolium. I've seen it in Botanic Garden and was surprised that sempervirens had no fragrance. Thank you!

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  2. Beautiful plants Nadezda! And the scent must be wonderful. I only once smelled a Honeysuckle plant and I remember it was devine. Unfortunately I don't have it in the garden.
    Marian

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    1. You're right Marian, the scent is wonderful. Thank you!

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  3. I have other honeysuckles but not this one. Yours is a beauty and the fragrance of this group of plants is one of my favorites!

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  4. I have never seen pinkish Honeysuckle. They look so beautiful. Here, we only find creamy Honeysuckle. Honeysuckle is one of old fashion plant on my plant's list to be grown on my home garden. But it's not easy to find the plant here. I have been looking for the plant on the nurseries, but have not found yet.

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    1. I hope Endah you'll find this plant in any nursery or in Internet shop!

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  5. Your honeysuckle is very pretty. I have a pink one, but is's already shed blossoms.

    You have a wonderful garden!

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  6. Doesn't your honeysuckle suffer from aphids?

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    1. Fortunately my plant does not never suffer from any pests. Only the first year it had black spots on its leaves and I sprayed with copper sulfate , Sue.

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  7. What a beautiful plant Nadezda!!We have honeysuckle in my area and the flowers have a wonderful parfume!
    It looks great in your garden!!Gorgeous pictures!!
    Dimi...

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    1. Glad you know honeysuckle and I like its fragrance as well Dimi!

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  8. I also grow a sempervirens variety called Major Wheeler. It is good to know that you can encourage side shoots with judicious pruning. I will try it as mine is not doing too well.

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    1. I'm sure yours will be doing well after pruning Alain!

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  9. Honeysuckle brings back so many memories of my childhood! However, the particular type my parents had was invasive, so I've never planted any in my own garden. But even though it was a nuisance, it had the most heavenly smell. Your pink one is so lovely!

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    1. Mine is not invasive because of a climate, we have so short warm season, Rose. Thank you!

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  10. I'm already in love with your honeysuckle. I've a yellow-white variety with similar flowers but narrower leaves. It has that delicate fragrance too.

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    1. There are many varieties of this liana Elsie. Your is pretty too and mine is hardy, winters well that is important for me.
      Thank you!

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  11. I know this lovely honeysuckle, I have the Lonicera Caprifolium in my garden too for already 24 years now. But.......here it is not yet flowering, I think within a couple of weeks it will be in full bloom. The fragrance is so delightful.

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    1. 24 years! It's very mature tree, Janneke. It's said that honeysuckle can grow up to 50 years.
      I'm sure it will flower beautiful!

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  12. I have 2 honeysuckle plants growing here, too but they're not as large as yours. One of the plants needs more sun. Your honeysuckle is so pretty. I love those soft pink flowers.

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    1. I have them in different places, Tammy. One is growing near the gazebo, where the sun is in the morning . But honeysuckle blooms well there too. I love its scent when I sit in the gazebo having morning coffee. Thank you!

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  13. Tu jardín está precioso. Que gusto tiene que dar sentarse ahí u disfrutar de las flores.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un beso

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    1. Gracias Laura, que tengas buen dia!

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  14. I can imagine the beautiful fragrance. Here in New Zealand, honeysuckle takes over everything and we don't dare plant it! So it's nice to enjoy yours.

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    1. Your climate suits to honeysuckle more then ours, here it's not everywhere, because of cold winters. Thank you Juliet!

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  15. I have had Lonicera caprifolium for years now. It does well in our USDA zone 5 garden. I have rejuvenated it once, cutting most of the plant to the base. Another honeysuckle I had was Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet', a lovely plant, blooming all summer long. Unfortunetly lost it couple of years ago due to cold winter. I should plant another one!
    Have you noticed how much large moths love honeysuckles?

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    1. Yes, you're right Tistou, I noticed many insects around my lonicera. I'd like to have Lonicera x brownii in my garden too!

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  16. I used to have a honeysuckle in my garden, I grew it from a cutting from a friend’s garden so I don’t know it’s name but the scent was almost like sweet apples and it was evergreen in my garden. After 10 years it grew so big and I didn’t have a tall enough place for it to grow so I finally dug it up and threw it away. I have one cutting from it though, perhaps I can grow it somewhere else eventually.
    I loved your photos, I can almost smell it!

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    1. Of course Helene lonicera is a tall vine and is difficult to grow it in a small garden. If you have cuttings you would grow a bonsai honeysuckle as you perfectly did of Parthenocissus quinquefolia!

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