You are my honey honeysuckle I am the vine……
Woodbine (not the cigarette) is an old colloquial name for Honeysuckle the mainstay of the Lonicera family. It is a favourite of English hedgerows and now there are many varieties grown for colour and scent in a garden setting
Tips for growing Honeysuckle
- A twining, climbing plant most honeysuckles need some support as they shoot skywards for up to 30 feet. Try trellis or and old tree for support.
- Most varieties of the honeysuckle are famous for the scent of the flowers which is sweet and powerful. Aim for a red Lonicera tellmanniana or L.fragrantisima rather than the Belgica.
- Left to trail the plants can still be effective in a semi woodland enviroment
- Lonicera nitida honeysuckle can be pruned and shaped like topiary. I can recommend Baggesen’s Gold a small yellow leaved variety.
- Plants root easily from summer cuttings. I have a plant that has moved house at least 5 times.
I really like sweetly scented honeysuckle and couldn’t resist this picture of a late bud in my garden.
Top Honeysuckle Tips
- This tall growing, twining plant with fragrant blossom has an easy going habit.
- They work well in an informal hedge and can often be found in countryside hedgerows
- Cuttings root easily and I have a plant that has moved with me from many houses since my great aunt gave me a plant 45 years ago.
- Also called woodbine – do not try to smoke it (an old fag joke)