Halls Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
Commonly known as the Japanese Honeysuckle, the Halls Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica is a vine-like plant that is very versatile and hearty. You can grow this plant in a full sun to part shade area from the months of June through October. Used most often as ground cover, it has attractive flowers that are pleasant to hummingbirds and butterflies.
The Japanese Honeysuckle is very easy to grow in just about any area and climate. It thrives the best in a dry to medium / dry location with well draining soil. Hearty enough to survive the full sun, it does better with part shade for at least a portion of the day. Also, it will hold up during a dry spout. Most gardeners find that the more shade this plant sees, the less flowers the plant will blossom.
You can arrange this plant as a ground cover, with approximately two to three plants per square yard. At the end of the season or at the beginning of the next, feel free to cut back drastically and close to the ground. You can even utilize a lawn mower at its highest setting to cut down this plant and the beginning or end of the growing season.
This honeysuckles grows very quickly and heartily. It has a vine structure which will reach fifteen to thirty feet in length. While it may look basic, this plant has a very fragrant smell both on its leaves and its flowers. The flowers typically bloom around the month of May. In the late summer and early fall the flowering areas will produce black berries.
Also known as Hall’s honeysuckle, this plant is very hearty and does not typically see much insect issues or disease. You will want to be careful as the vine will grow quickly and can take over other established landscaping. If you have small bushes or trees in the vicinity, the vines will grow up those as well. Always trim back if you do not want this to occur. You can place a trellise in the area to guide the growth to a more organized space and area.
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