If you have honeysuckle in your garden

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    Can you tell me where you're growing it (i.e. up a fence or wall) and what conditions does it like please?

    Better still, do you have any pics?

    I think I'd like to plant some in our garden possibly training it up our fence which has replaced a hedge but open to suggestions and interested in how others grow theirs.

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      Not a picture but have some honeysuckle showing at the start of this video clip.
      It is growing against a fence at the back of the house in shade from the house which is to the south of the honeysuckle. It is so vigorous I need to trim it back regularly to keep it from overgrowing the shrubs growing in the same place.
      There is also a wild one growing locally in the hedge rows so I think they can be fairly flexible where they will grow and they have a really nice fragrance. I just used some plastic coated wire to train it up along the fence rather than putting in a full trellis and it seems to be doing fine. It has almost overgrown one of the wisteria climbers that it was planted closest to but as I said trimming it back can be necessary once it is established.
      Happy gardening!
       
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        Thanks @Macraignil for the video, what a beautiful garden and setting.
         
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          Hi,

          We have often had one or two smaller Honeysuckles against a fence, wall or trellis which when in flower are nice and some fragrant.

          However they can take a few years to make a decent sized plant and the flowers are often short lived.
          Mixing them in with other climbers like Climbing Roses, Clematis etc plus annual climbers like Nasturtiums, Sweetpea etc gives a summer log succession of flowers.
           
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            Hi Sienna's Blossom, I grow mine in different areas of the Garden, the first being on each side of the Trellis Entrance with a mixture of Clematis and Roses, the Nearest side being the West side and the farthest side being the East.
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            There's at least 4 Honeysuckle growing on either side of my Arbour where I sit sometimes with a Mug of Tea, or a glass of the Red Stuff, along with climbing Roses on either side along with some Clematis.
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            I also grow it along the 22' long Wildlife Pond fence in fairly deep shade again with a mixture of Jasmine and Clematis.
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              WOW ! Amazing garden @ARMANDII
               
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                  My Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is still in it's first year but has grown and flowered very well. It's semi evergreen, which I chose specifically to eventually hide the back of the shed and bins. Honeysuckle will put up with most conditions being hardy and not fussy about soil. This one faces north-west so doesn't get a lot of sunshine.

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                    Lonicera is a great plant to have in the garden. It demands very little. It delights us with great variations of flowers, some very strong and bold, others perhaps much more shy and gentle. The fragrance in the garden especially on a summers evening, along with the scent of night scented stock and mignonette, will take your breath away.

                    Lonicera is basically a vine, as is clematis an Ivy. These are ofetn grown along with roses and other climbing plants, and to be fair, can an often do provide a grande backing. However most, if not all vine type plants have this greedy, dominating thing about them. Once established, and at times, this doesn't take long. Growth and expansion can become rapid. The main stems, become trunks and sadly the shall we say, the host plants, become bullied and overpowered. So constant care and attention is called for. A basic principle with fast growing shrubs etc is to keep the growth young and freshh. So keep an eye on the thickness of stems, don't be afraid to thin out, be drastic at times and don't allow 'tree trunks' to form.
                     
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                      I have evergreen Lonicera Henryi growing up the bird feeder. (Not a good idea if you have squirrels mind.) That bit of the lawn was a swampy puddle so I dug a deep circular bed, half filled it with gravel, and as an afterthought, added compost and some Henryi cuttings. Woosh! It is a shady spot so the plant doesn't flower as well as it would in a better position, but I like the shape. And the sparrows seem to appreciate it.
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                        @Sheal that looks so beautiful, those colours are gorgeous and looks like it will make a great screen there.

                        Thanks @Mike Allen that's really helpful, sounds like as long as we keep it under control it will be a great choice to add to our garden.

                        @Selleri what a fab idea, I'd never have thought of it, I have two of those feeding stations in the garden so you may have just given me some inspiration there! Glad the sparrows like the extra cover too!
                         
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                          I gave up trying to grow honeysuckle a good few years back, and decanted the one I had into an obscure corner up against a fence, near our plum tree, and ignored it.... a couple of years later, and it took off. I don't have a picture of it to hand, but the scent from it this year was quite spectacular, so for me ignoring it has been the key...
                           
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                            Thank you @Sienna's Blossom. :) This particular honeysuckle only grows to approximately 15ft so the trellis won't have to cope with too much weight.

                            They are plants that don't need a lot of fuss as FC has found out, and worthwhile when we gain not only the flowers but the lovely, sweet scent too.
                             
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