honey suckle and clematis in winter

purple-anemoneJune 5, 2011

I want to plant a honey suckle and clematis next to my porch pillars at my front door. But I do not want to plant them if they will look unsightly in winter, being right at my front door. Any advice as to what they tend to look like in winter? I suppose I cant remove all the dead branches in Fall? Any other suggestions for climbers or vine, maybe?

I live in Toronto

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dianasan(z5a Mtl)

It depends on which type you plant.

I have a 'Sweet Autumn' clematis and 3 other large-flowered (Jackmanii ???) clematis, as well as a Japanese honeysuckle (which I got from someone who claimed it was jasmine).

I have no problem with the 3 clematis, but the Sweet Autumn and honeysuckle make an awful mess.

I think you would have to be sure to clean up the dead branches in the fall.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 9:23PM
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purple-anemone

O, that's interesting! Thank you.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 10:22AM
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ianna(Z5b)

Clematis you can trim back but with honey suckle. It's a different story. If you can get a dropsmore honey suckle and train it to be tree like, then it would look nice in winter. The other types simply look like vines sans leaves.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2011 at 12:33PM
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