Honeysuckle climbing plants
Honeysuckle, also known as lonicera, is the classic twining climber of the cottage garden with highly ornamental, large cartwheel-shaped flower heads consisting of wonderful, tubular individual flowers each exuding a sweet fragrance. The blooms are produced in hues of white, yellows, reds, oranges, pinks and purples with long stamens, contrasting beautifully with the lush foliage. Most varieties are deciduous with rich bronze new growth bringing additional colour and interest as they come into leaf in the spring. Some also produce shiny black fruits after flowering, providing food for the wildlife in your garden. Honeysuckle are perfect for training up a wall, fence or trellis and look particularly spectacular when combined with an early flowering clematis. To take full advantage of the scent, plant near an entrance, window or doorway. They prefer a free-draining soil in a sunny spot and can be trimmed to shape in early spring.