We got 3 hummingbird vines in the mail today and at the moment they are
on the pretty small side. We plan on planting them in front of a chain
link fence and since we are new to this we were wondering how far from
the fence should we plant them. We do plan on having the vines on the
fence but i wasnt sure how far to plant the vine near the fence. A few
inches from the fence...a foot away...?
Wow - where to start?
Dutch honeysuckle (Lonicera pericylmenum, non-invasive) and L. sempervirens
Cape fuchsia - Phygelius
Ribes sanguineum and odoratum
Cotoneaster bullatus (tree form)
I've also seen them feed at weigela, abelia, escallonia and at sarcococca,
corylopsis, hellebores and heathers in winter.
pam - gardengal
I have one a nursery sold me as "Japanese honeysuckle". I don't know
the Latin name. Nice red flowers all summer and the hummingbirds love
it, but so do the aphids.
Mine covers about 12' of a chain link fence. Every three or four years
I cut it back severely but it recovers in half a season or so. It took
two seasons to get established, but it was in a 4" pot when I bought it
On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 19:41:57 GMT, "Pam - gardengal"
Uhh, sorry to contradict, but Japanese Honeysuckle *is*
invasive! If you want honeysuckle, stick with the native varieties
(check Wayside Gardens - they carry yellow and red varieties). They
bloom well and the hummingbirds love them.
Fran, if you read my post closely, I said they are not invasive in OUR
climate, meaning the PNW, where both the OP and I reside. We have lots of
other invasive plants to contend with but honeysuckle is not one of them.
It is all very well and good and really quite noble to jump on the invasive
plant bandwagon, but most folks do it without a complete understanding of
what invasives are and how they may differ significantly from region to
region. And in my position as a professional horticulturist certified by the
state of Washington, I would never suggest or recommend growing a known
pam - gardengal
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