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Lonicera japonica and trellis


First of all, let me introduce myself. my name is Javi. I’m spanish and I live in Milton keynes

In doing my first steps in gardening and I would like to learn as much as I can here ;)

here is my problem: i have a lonicera japonica in my garden, near a wooden wall, and I would like it to climb along the wall. At the moment, it’s not working very well as it’s concentrated just in an area of the wall and growing towards it instead of along it.

i was thinking on using a trellis to make this happen, but I don’t know if it would work or if there is a better solution for this...

can anybody help help with this please?



  • DampGardenManDampGardenMan Posts: 1,054
    Could you add some photos - it helps people to understand the problem more clearly.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    Hi and welcome. Is the wooden wall (fence?) yours?
    If it is yours you can attach plants to it. If it belongs to your neighbour , you should put a trellis in your garden on posts and attach it to that.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,854

    Honeysuckle climbs by twining its stems around something as it grows so it won't cling to a smooth fence like ivy does.  A trellis, sturdy wire or plastic mesh or wires stretched between posts should encourage it to move out into the area you want to cover.  Choice depends on budget and how you want it to look.  As Rubytoo says, put in your own posts to attach trellis/mesh or wires if the fence isn't yours.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Hi

    thanks for the answers. I have attached a picture. The fender belongs to me, yes


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,116
    Hi Javi - you'll need to make a bigger space for it to grow in. If you cut a bigger bed out of the grass, that'll help. The grass will otherwise compete for all the nutrients and moisture in the ground. 
    You need to make some horizontal supports for it. If you can put some trellis in, that would be best, but as it looks just now, that may be tricky unless you cut it back to get access.
    Vine eyes secured in the fence, and sturdy wire attached,  placed at about a foot apart going up the fence, might be easier [you could always do trellis at a later date if you want to cut it back] and you would then tie in the new growth, with some soft string, along those wires. That will encourage it to grow out as well as up, because it will produce vertical growth along those horizontal wires.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,854
    Agree with Fairygirl - it needs something to twine around and the competing grass removing from near its base.  Give it a feed (something general like blood, fish & bone or growmore) and a mulch to keep moisture in, keep grass and weeds away from the base and it'll be fine.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Thanks for that. I am about to buy the trellis for this. I have not found a lot of information on how to attach it to the wooden fence pictured in the previous post. Do I need to screw it to the fence, use nails?

    I want something like this - but attached to a fence

    would it work or does it need to be fixed to a brick wall?
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,913
    I use staples to fix trellis to fences. Not too expensive and works a treat 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,180
    Or screws, but not nails.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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