Plant Features: Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is a twining or trailing woody vine, evergreen or late deciduous with smooth opposite leaves, 1 to 3 inches long. The flowers are tube-shaped, about 2″ long, white or bright yellow on the outside.

The fruits are orange-red berries, about a quarter inch in diameter.

Honeysuckle is used by ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies and birds eat the fruits. Deer feed heavily on the leaves year-round and fertilization of existing honeysuckle is a great wildlife-enhancing practice. Think of it as a wild food plot.

Also check out more about other popular vines here.

How To Make Your Lawn Beautiful With Honeysuckle

Plant it along fences or trellises to add vertical interest. Honeysuckle thrives in well-drained soil. Water it moderately.

Planting Tips

  • Select a sunny location.
  • Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball.
  • Place the plant in the hole and cover the roots with soil.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.


  • Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Prune in late winter to control growth.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture and reduce weeds.


  • Fence Line: Plant honeysuckle along a fence to create a living barrier. It provides privacy and fills in gaps.
  • Garden Trellis: Add a trellis in your garden and let honeysuckle climb. It creates vertical interest and draws attention.
  • Arbor: Install an arbor and train honeysuckle to cover it. This creates a beautiful entrance to your garden.

Benefits of Honeysuckle in Wildlife Gardens

Honeysuckle attracts pollinators and wildlife. Its flowers provide nectar for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Birds eat the berries, especially in fall and winter.

It Makes Your Garden Alive

  • Bees and hummingbirds love the nectar-rich flowers.
  • Butterflies find the blooms appealing.
  • Pollinators help maintain the health of your garden.

Shelter for Birds

  • Dense foliage offers cover and nesting sites.
  • Birds and small mammals use honeysuckle for shelter.
  • Wildlife thrives in gardens with honeysuckle.

Supports Wildlife

  • Berries are a food source for many birds.
  • Deer feed on honeysuckle leaves year-round.
  • Honeysuckle enriches the ecosystem.


  • Japanese Honeysuckle: Fast-growing and ideal for covering large areas. Its fragrant flowers attract many pollinators.
  • Trumpet Honeysuckle: Known for its bright, trumpet-shaped flowers. Perfect for trellises and arbors.
  • Evergreen Honeysuckle: Retains leaves year-round. Adds greenery even in winter.

Last Words

Honeysuckle brings beauty and life to any garden or lawn. Its flowers and vines offer a natural, attractive look. Planting honeysuckle along fences, trellises, or arbors creates stunning features in your outdoor space. It supports local wildlife, attracting birds and pollinators while providing shelter. With simple care and maintenance, honeysuckle remains a lovely addition throughout the year. Enhance your garden with the charm and benefits of honeysuckle.