Varieties of Honeysuckle

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Varieties of Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is fragrant flower. (honeysuckle image by Jackie DeBusk from Fotolia.com)

Honeysuckle plants are great additions to gardens as their blooms are brightly coloured and emit a distinct, sweet fragrance. These plants are also a versatile supplement to your garden or yard as they can grow as vines or shrubs. Many varieties of honeysuckle exist, giving your garden a slightly different effect depending on the plant.

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Cape Honeysuckle

You can grow this versatile plant in direct sunlight or shade in soil which is well-drained. The flowers bloom in the late fall through the winter and produce flowers with fiery red or reddish-orange petals. This is one plant that grows easily: you can prune it down to a shrub where it can grow up to 10 feet high. As a vine it can grow up to 25 feet in length. As an added benefit, it attracts hummingbirds.

Dwarfbush Honeysuckle

Dwarfbush honeysuckle is a short plant with small leaves and petite yellow or red blossoms which appear most often in the summer months. According to the website, "About Honeysuckle," "A dwarf bush honeysuckle has slender twigs with ridges and scales near the base. The wood is greenish red, and turns light brown as the plant matures." You can find this plant mostly in the western United States. in rocky areas, forming small clumps or bushes. It can grow for a long time with little sunlight.

Trumpet Honeysuckle

According to Abouthoneysuckle.com, the trumpet honeysuckle vine, with its dark green foliage and bright flowers, "...is one of the most beautiful honeysuckle vines in the world." It's a plant that attracts a great deal of creatures: hummingbirds and butterflies gravitate to the fragrance of its blossoms and birds are attracted to its berries. The vines can reach 15 to 25 feet and prefer warmer regions and direct sunlight.

French National Institute for Agricultural Research

According to the official website of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, the institute, via research and breeding, has created several new varieties of honeysuckle, including the "Lonicera CAPRILIA® Imperial 'Inov86.'" This honeysuckle features graceful light and dark pink blooms that are larger than the average size of honeysuckle blooms. The plant grows during June and July and has a minimum susceptibility to insects.

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