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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DescriptionThe juicy colors of 'Mandarin' honeysuckle (Lonicera) are eye-catching in every space! Blooms are multi-colored with yellow, orange, and pink hues that pop against the rich green and purple foliage. These vivid color combinations give this cold-hardy plant a tropical feel, setting 'Mandarin' apart from other honeysuckles.
You're not the only one that will love this plant. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators flock to the nectar-filled flowers. Use this beautiful flowering vine to grow a privacy screen, create a vertical flower garden, or transform fences, mailboxes, and trellises. This versatile and vigorous vine won't disappoint!
While the flowers may not be fragrant, they attract pollinators nonetheless.DetailsBotanical name:Lonicera 'Mandarin' Common name: Honeysuckle, mandarin honeysuckle Zone: 4 - 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 15-20' x 4-6' Flower color: Orange, pink, and yellow Foliage color: Rich green with purple hues Season of interest: Early summer to fall Bloom time: Early summer, midsummer, late summer Features: Heat tolerant, fragrant, cold tolerant, best sellers, best for beginners Uses: Container gardening, cottage gardening, pollinator gardens, trellises, vertical gardens, 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: 4-6 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.
Transform Your Trellis: How to train vines
While vines may look effortless as they scamper over structures, many of them benefit from extra training to grow just the way you like. We'll break it down for each type, and even include examples from some of our great gardeners.