Lonicera

Honeysuckle

Aptly named and well-worth the wait, this compact highly perfumed cross is the prized outcome of a 10 year breeding program by the Netherlands’ Boskoop Horticultural Research Center. Climbing branches with somewhat rounded, shiny dark green foliage comprise the easily managed bushy growth that boasts a bevy of purplish red buds and clustered tubular blooms, first opening a creamy yellow then darkening to a lovely orange-yellow. An award winning cross between Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ and Lonicera periclymenum ‘Belgica Select’, ‘Honey Baby’s dwarf evergreen habit can grace a container, an outdoor living space or a smaller garden, while its delectable smelling flowers unfurl from summer ‘til fall.

Blooms July–October

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Lonicera periclymenum</i> ‘Belgica’ <i>Lonicera periclymenum</i> ‘Belgica’

Heralding summer, this vigorous sweetly perfumed twiner blooms earlier than most Honeysuckles and is set apart by tubular flowers, whose interiors change color as they mature amid semideciduous green oval leaves. Sprightly deep pink clusters of long slender curling buds open into large crimson bugles with creamy white centers, which later showcase bright yellow and red shades.

Especially fragrant at the end of the day and grateful for fertile soil, easily grown ‘Belgica’ can be pruned to develop a shrubby habit or be encouraged to ramble up walls, trellises, pillars, the branches of large shrubs or a Cercidiphyllum. Medium Band.

Blooms May – August.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Lonicera periclymenum</i> ‘Serotina’

Samuel Pepys called it the trumpet flower and wrote, “The bugles blow scent instead of sound.” ‘Serotina’ bears multitudes of spidery-looking, fuchsia-colored buds, which open into pink, sweet-smelling bugles that later fade to a creamy salmon color. You can prune this vigorous semideciduous vine to make it more shrublike or let its bluish green foliage climb into the branches of a Cercidiphyllum.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Introduced to the western world in 1900 by esteemed plant explorer E. H. Wilson, this magnificent deciduous Honeysuckle is unique for its shade-loving constitution and sensational, 3 in. long bright golden yellow trumpets. Though the large terminal clusters are not fragrant, each hosts 10 to 20 flashy flowers amid red-flushed buds and appealing good-sized blue-green leaves that burnish purple. Chinese Honeysuckle’s young robust stems can be trimmed immediately after blooming to promote a tidy, easily managed low maintenance framework plus flowers galore.

Blooms June–August

Size: 12' 0" – 20' 0" high x 0" – 55-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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