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Vines: Climbers & Twiners

Honeysuckles To Consider

As a group, honeysuckles are extremely easy to grow. Many are vigorous plants capable of covering support structures quickly. They offer attractive and often very fragrant flowers that are often visited by butterflies and hummingbirds. When selecting honeysuckles be sure to consult invasive species lists for your area and plant those that are recommended as non-invasive.


Dropmore Scarlet

Dropmore Scarlet - Lonicera x brownie 'Dropmore Scarlet'

An extremely hardy and attractive vine. Grows to 20 feet and produces scarlet-red flowers from June-September. Foliage is a blue-green color. Not very aggressive.


John Clayton

John Clayton - Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

A compact vine growing from 10-20 feet tall. Yellow flowers are produced from June until frost followed by persistent berries. Foliage is a clean blue-green color.


Mandarin Honeysuckle

Mandarin Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'Mandarin'

A vigorous vine growing to 20 feet. Blooms are bright orange and produced from June-July. Foliage starts out copper-bronze and changes to green.


Goldflame Honeysuckle

Goldflame Honeysuckle - Lonicera x heckrotti

Vine grows 10-20 feet tall and has fragrant rose-red and yellow flowers from June to frost. Foliage is a blue-green and stems are purple-red.


Blanche Sandman

Blanche Sandman - Lonicera sempervirens 'Blanch Sandman'

Small bicolor flowers on a vine growing from 10-15 feet tall. Blooms start in May and repeat through the season.


Major Wheeler

Major Wheeler - Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

One of the better red flowering honeysuckles. Flowering starts in May and continues through the summer. To encourage late flowering, prune right after flowering to encourage more new, blooming stems. This honeysuckle also tends to be more resistant to powdery mildew than others.


Sweet Tea Honeysuckle

Sweet Tea Honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum

An extremely fragrant honeysuckle growing to only 5-7 feet tall. Blooms May-June with flowers that are a mix of pink, yellow and white.