Name: Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ aka Major Wheeler honeysuckle
Type of Plant: A variety of our native vine, Lonicera sempervirens, that produces coral-red flowers. This twining vine grows to about 10’ tall and wide.
Why I Love This Plant: First of all, I’m a sucker for the color coral. Secondly, I love a vine with a long flowering period, and this is one. Third, it’s native to the southeastern United States. Fourth, unlike many varieties of honeysuckle, this one isn’t prone to powdery mildew. And finally, hummingbirds! Who could ask for more?
A Word to the Wise: Plant this honeysuckle in full sun. If it needs pruning, you can clip it back in the early spring. This is a great plant for growing up arbors and large trellises, or planted to drape over fences.