Honeysuckle

Sweet citrusy scents waft through the breeze on a perfect summer day, hummingbirds drift to and from flowers, bees hum along...this is why we plant honeysuckle!

Here are some of our favorites:

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Lonicera heckrotii: Goldflame Honeysuckle

Hot pink flower buds open to gold flowers with heavenly scent from May thru frost followed by red fruit that birds love. Purple new leaves turn blue-green in summer and drop in winter. 

Grows fast to 15-20', Sun-pt shade, Hardy Z4

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Lonicera henryi: Evergreen Honeysuckle

Subdued coral & yellow scented tubular flowers bloom in June & July. Dark green glossy lance-shape foliage looks different than most other climbing Honeysuckles and is evergreen in Portland. Fruit is blue. Better behaved than its cousins, Lonicera henryi can get large in time if left unchecked, but can be kept to 10 feet. 

Sun, part shade, Hardy Z3

lonicera-japonica

Lonicera japonica: Japanese Honeysuckle

Heavily scented white or yellow flowers cover plants in June and July and return sporadically through summer. Leaves can stay on the branches in mild NW winters. Foliage color varies; green, purple-tinged and variegated leaves are commonly available. Fruit is blue. This is invasive in some parts of the US, but it appears to behave better in Portland. 

Fast-growing to 25-30', Sun-pt shade, Hardy Z6

European honeysuckle periclymenum

Lonicera periclymenum: Dutch Honeysuckle

Pink buds open to white richly scented flowers in early summer. Green leaves. 

This is the honeysuckle to grow when space is limited. 

Grows 5-6', Sun-pt shade, Hardy Z4

Vines for year-round interest.

Vines have an essential role in creating the look and feel you want in your yard and often have the added benefit of easy care.