Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionBring your garden to life with the irresistible blooms of 'John Clayton' honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)! This compact but vigorous growing vine boasts hundreds of buttery-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers that are intoxicating to hummingbirds and butterflies. The lush green foliage is the perfect backdrop for the energetic clusters of flowers.
'John Clayton' honeysuckle is a low maintenance and easy to grow variety for novice and experienced gardeners alike! Plant it in full sun and watch it effortlessly weave around your fences, arbors, or trellises.
While the flowers may not be fragrant, they attract pollinators nonetheless.DetailsBotanical name:Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' Common name: Honeysuckle, John Clayton honeysuckle Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 12' x 3-4' Flower color: Yellow Foliage color: Green Bloom season: Early summer to fall Uses: Container gardening, cottage gardening, ground cover, pollinator gardens, trellises, vines and climbersHow To GrowSoil: Average, medium moisture, well-draining soils. Best in rich soils with good drainage but fairly adaptable. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun) is best for good flowering Water: Once established, the plants need only moderate watering unless the summer is very dry. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions but will not tolerate standing water. Spacing: 3 - 4 ft Fertilizing: Honeysuckle grows so well that little or no fertilizer is necessary in most cases. If planted in poor soil, you can apply organic or slow-release low nitrogen, high phosphorus 5-10-5 fertilizer in spring (after the first growing season). Winterizing: Consider applying mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones. Maintenance & pruning: Only lightly prune plants until they are well established. Best pruned in late winter or early spring once the threat of extreme cold has passed, and the plant is still dormant. If mature vines have become woody and overgrown, you can rejuvenate by pruning one-third of the older stems to the soil. To shape the vine, cut back overly long stems to keep the desired shape, and cut out any weak, spindly growth.
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