Species of the Month: Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
As we move into the hotter months of the year, we’re thinking about what native plants are best suited for dry soil conditions. Sure, ideally a good amount of moisture makes for the best results, but if you’re thinking about plants that can hold up to dryer, shadier areas, 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 with your landscape restoration efforts, particularly in some more difficult growing spots.
Cover some ground
Like we said, Bush Honeysuckle is a good choice if you’re looking to cover some ground. 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’). Not to mention, the plant looks 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 biodiversity conservation efforts 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 just can’t get enough
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.