LONICERA or HONEYSUCKLE

P. There are various species of climbing honeysuckle, mostly of fairly easy cultivation, succeeding on walls or rambling over tree stumps. Aphids are very fond of these plants and infested plants should be sprayed directly attacks are noticed with a gamma-BHC (lindane) insecticide. Lonicera japonica Halliana is an evergreen species with very fragrant creamy-yellow flowers from June to November. It is of twining habit. L. periclymenum is the woodbine of the hedgerows. Selected varieties of this species often grown in gardens are Early Dutch with large yellow and red flowers in early summer, and Late Dutch which bears reddish-purple flowers from July to October. L. caprifolium has long creamy-white flowers very freely produced in early summer, followed by orange fruits. L. tellmanniana bears 3 in. long yellow and red flowers at the same time and is a very striking plant, unfortunately scentless. Among the bush honeysuckles, L. fragrantissima and L. purpusii bear richly scented white flowers in winter both to about 6 ft. L. nitida is the box-leaved evergreen species which makes an effective formal 4—5 ft. hedge. It succeeds anywhere and can be cut back as desired several times a year to ensure close growth. Sometimes badly damaged by frost. L. yunnanensis is taller and stiffer in growth, less liable to frost injury and is also useful for hedges. Climbing honeysuckles are increased by layering in summer, the bush types by cuttings of young shoots (preferably side shoots) in July. L. nitida and yunnanensis may also be propagated by cuttings, usually in early autumn.

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