Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clematis and honeysuckle

I don't know why I think clematis are so special, but I just love them. They're not hard to grow.

The fuchsia one was in the garden already; it likes the bigger structure I've given it to grow on. The purple one is a classic Jackmanii clematis. I consider it Sophie's memorial flower, as I buried a fair amount of her ashes in the planting hole.

On the other side of the trellis is a sweet autumn clematis that will bloom later in the summer. It's much more vigorous.

I use black plastic trellis netting to help the vines climb. It's unobtrusive stuff. Great for stapling to stockade fences, too.
I'm not sure what to do about the honeysuckle in front of the house. It's overwhelming the cheap trellis it was planted with. I'm contemplating training it to climb up the front porch, but I'm wondering if I'll regret that later.

What do you think?


  1. That's amazing that you already have so much blooming in your garden. We struggle at our 7,150 foot elevation to get almost ANYTHING! Hops and dandelions flourish here, however. So...we adore hops. We do have a pretty good crop of gooseberries coming along, too. I will have to figure out what to do with them. About the honeysuckle, I would just leave it to do its thing! After so many years of struggle I welcome whatever wants to grow in my garden.

  2. Hops are pretty! I would guess you could get some penstemons going, too. Your season will come. I noticed when we were in Leadville last week that spring was just getting rolling there. Lilacs!

    The honeysuckle will stay; it just needs something more substantial to climb on, instead of smothering everything around it.

  3. Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow! That honeysuckle is so beautiful. I have white honeysuckle that must be beaten into submission once in a while, but I wouldn't give it up for anything. Does your pink honeysuckle smell heavenly? That's the only good thing about our hot, humid DC summers: the honeysuckle fragrance lingers in the air on nights like this.

  4. What type of Honeysuckle is that?