Buy Lonicera Honeysuckle Plant ( Madhumalti )

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Honeysuckles are arching shrubs or twining vines in the family Caprifoliaceae, native to the Northern Hemisphere. Approximately 180 species of honeysuckle have been identified.

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Common Names - Honey Suckle, Madhumati

Honeysuckle is a much loved garden plant grown for it's beautiful, sweetly scented flowers. It is both a climbing plant and a shrub and comes from a genus of around 120 evergreen and deciduous shrubs and twining climbers.  Honeysuckle is easy to grow, but is particular about being planted in the right place.

The old common name for Honeysuckle was Woodbine referring particularly to the European Honeysuckle which is Lonicera periclymenum. This tells us it's origins are as a woodland plant, which means to do well it needs some degree of shade principally around its roots.  For the best results Honeysuckle needs to be in the right place which ideally is with its roots in the shade and head and flowers in the sun.  Shrubby Honeysuckle will grow in sun or partial shade. This is not easy to achieve and I find it grows best if planted away from the hottest part of garden. Stressed by too much sun and heat Honeysuckle tends to get mildew and look unhappy.

Honeysuckle is often planted alongside a wall and fences, this may not be ideal as these planting areas can be dry and hot making the Honeysuckle miserable, straggling and awash with mildew. To grow well Honeysuckle really need a cool root run with moisture retentive soil.

Honeysuckle can be planted in Summer or Autumn and given that it is not good for the plant to be too dry, water well until established and during prolonged dry periods. To help retain moisture it is a good idea when planting to add leaf mould or other organic matter. 

Honeysuckle can look good trailing over a wall, here is one planted in sunny Guernsey looking lovely cascading over a white wall.

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