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honey suckle and clematis in winter

Posted by purple-anemone none (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 5, 11 at 14:09

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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RE: honey suckle and clematis in winter

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.

RE: honey suckle and clematis in winter

O, that's interesting! Thank you.

RE: honey suckle and clematis in winter

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.

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