Honeysuckles are such a large group of plants that we've divided the subject into two groups - shrubs and vines. They share tubular flowers that are often fragrant, and leaves set opposite from each other that sometimes fuse together forming a disc.
Cute white flowers with strong citrus fragrance bloom on bare branches in mid to late winter. Sort of a vine, sort of a shrub, the plant develops into a broad irregular tangled mass providing great cover for birds. Green leaves turn yellow-brown in fall and red fruits appear in summer. Best planted in a spot that is passed-by regularly in winter during bloom, but that can disappear into the background in summer.
Grows 6-10' x 6-10', sun to part shade, Z4
Pale yellow tubular flowers blushed pink at the base are wonderfully fragrant. Small round evergreen leaves are glossy green and turn a bit red during winter. Creeping Honeysuckle is a low-growing ground cover and looks beautiful draping over a wall or the edge of a container. It may not be dense enough to use for erosion control or weed suppression, like many other ground covers are used.
Grows 2-4" tall x 12-24" wide, sun to part shade, Z7
Typical Boxleaf Honeysuckles have glossy green leaves and are really easy to grow. We offer a few different varieties of Lonicera nitida that possess the same easy care and evergreen leaves, but with the added benefit of brightly colored foliage that lends a bright splash of color year round. Flowers are tiny and hide in the leaves, but are scented. Shrubs can be allowed their natural mounded fountain shape, or pruned tightly like a boxwood.
All grow to 4-5' x 4-5', take sun-part shade & are hardy in Z6.
Small funnel-shape white fragrant flowers in May followed by blue berries. Leaves are small glossy dark green and evergreen. Lonicera pileata grows low and wide, setting new roots from branches as it spreads. This is a great plant for providing food and cover for birds and wildlife.
Grows 2' x 8' - sun, part shade, Z5
Read up on some of our favorite shrubs and remember, this is only a smattering of the variety of shrubs we carry all year long! Note: Viewing a Native Plant will take you into our Native Plant section.