Species of the Month: Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
As we move into the hotter months of the year, one can’t help but wonder what they might plant to prepare for dry soil conditions. Sure, ideally a good amount of moisture would make for excellent gardening, but if you like to be prepared, and want to plant something that will do well in dryer, shadier area, then you might consider checking out our June Species of the Month, Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera). This resilient plant does well in conditions that might not be so favourable to other plants, and it’s not bad to look at either. This plant is the perfect options to help cover some ground in your garden in some of the more difficult spots.
Cover some Ground
Like we said, Bush Honeysuckle is a good choice if you’re looking to cover some ground in the garden. In the size
department, this plant is no slouch, with an average height of 1-1.2 metres (3-4’) and a spread of 1-1.5 metres (3-5’). Plant some of this in your garden, and you’ll have covered a substantial portion of land. Not to mention, the plant will look magnificent when it blooms into a beautiful yellow, with shades of red, orange or purple. Not only is the plant great at filling space, but it will add a splash of different colours to your garden as well.
Bush Honeysuckle is a very easily grown plant, as it doesn’t require much maintenance. It performs best in well drained soils, but will tolerate poor, rocky or sandy soils, as well as urban pollution. Additionally, the plant will perform well whether it’s in direct sunlight or in partly shady areas, meaning there’s a wide swath of locations where you can plant it and still be successful.
Hummingbirds Love It
Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla Ionicera) is also often visited by hummingbirds (and other seed eating birds). They love to flutter by and check out what tasty treats they can find in the centre of the bell-shaped flowers Bush Honeysuckle produces. Plus, Bush Honeysuckle is excellent for massing to assist with erosion control!
If you’re concerned about the possibility of a hot and dry summer ahead of us, then we implore you consider planting some Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera). This pretty plant will allow you to cover some more difficult areas of your garden, so you can create a visually cohesive experience. Interested in learning which plants will pair nicely with this one? Check out our blog on plant pairings right HERE.
There’ll be more on Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) this month, including interesting facts and a Species Profile video, so stay tuned to stwilliamsnursery.com. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so you don’t miss a thing!