We have three regular honeysuckles in the yard and one evergreen honeysuckle. I will post pictures of the evergreen honeysuckle separately.
The purple-leaf honeysuckle is on the front of the house, and it bloomed in early June. The variegated honeysuckle and the late Dutch honeysuckle are both on the swing. The variegated honeysuckle bloomed in May, and the late Dutch honeysuckle is blooming right now (it has been blooming since June).
purple-leaf honeysuckle: Lonicera japonica ‘Purpurea’:
variegated honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’:
late Dutch honeysuckle: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’:
We have two evergreen warty barberries (Berberis verruculosa) in the front yard next to three crucifixion thorns (Colletia hystrix–also called “anchor plants”). I’m putting both types of plants in the same post because they are close together and thus share photographs. We bought the five pokey plants to keep the neighbors’ dog out of our yard, but then the neighbor went and built a chicken coop fence (I guess he got the hint). We’re not too found of the chicken coop fence, but the plants are growing to cover it nicely.
The warty barberries bloomed at the end of April. I think the crucifixion thorns have bloomed in the past, but I don’t remember off of the top of my head when they bloom, and I am not sure if they did bloom this year.
Warty barberries: Berberis verruculosa:
Crucifixion thorns: Colletia hystrix:
Did we need all five pokey plants? Probably not. Also, when I (very enthusiastically) picked out these plants, I didn’t think about what it would be like weeding around them.
I didn’t notice the Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) blooming until I think it had already been at it awhile. It is located in the shrubrow, and I have to remind myself to go over there sometimes. We bought this plant when it was not in bloom; then, I got home and read that one should always buy this type of plant in bloom because the scent varies. We have had it two years and I have still not made up my mind about it–the scent is really different.
This picture was taken in late May.
There are five lilacs in the yard, but I’m only including pictures of three. One plant is pretty young and has not started blooming yet (it is a different species of lilac, and I may take pictures of its lacy leaves after its area has been weeded). Another plant had only one blossom this year, and I don’t think I took any pictures of it.
I don’t know the names of the pink lilac or the double lilac. The co-gardener got the plants from a well-known lilac garden.
Lilacs require cold weather over the winter in order to bloom well. That is a reason why lilacs don’t grow well in warmer places. It is also why some years one has a lot of blossoms, and other years one does not (at least in places with variable winter weather).
These pictures are from late April to early May. I’ll try to take more pictures of the lilacs next year.
The big lilac: Lilac vulgaris ‘Ludwig Spaeth’:
No, we didn’t put up the chicken-coop fence that is found in the last two pictures–that was the neighbor.