Do you have a steep hill on your property, or a hot, dry area, or even a marshy low spot you don't know what to do with? Try this native groundcover shrub with a bounty of eye-catching yellow summer blooms! Native to the United States, the Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) is a small deciduous flowering native shrub with a wealth of ornamental features and a carefree attitude!
There are few things more delightful than a flowering shrub in the yard. Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is a vigorous, fast-growing shrub. It's small and has a spreading nature. And although this plant is not really a Honeysuckle, the pretty yellow flowers do resemble those in the Honeysuckle Vine family.
The tubular-shaped flowers are simply irresistible to many creatures, and these early summer flowers are produced in June and July on new growth. You'll feel the same way once you experience their exotic beauty and wonderful sweet scent. Butterflies, birds and honeybees all love it. Hummingbirds will soon consider your yard their favorite place in the neighborhood!
Bronze-tipped, green foliage is perfect for the yellow flowers. You'll also love the sweet scent they send drifting on the afternoon breezes in summer. Fall color turns a nice shade of reddish burgundy many years. The bark is exfoliating, revealing an inner orange hue that is lovely in the winter. Red berries may appear if you have another Honeysuckle for it to pollinate with, much to your songbird's delight!
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle has several nicknames. Perhaps you know this native charmer as Low Bush Honeysuckle or Northern Bush Honeysuckle. You could be forgiven if you called it a Garden Workhorse. Cold-hardy down to bitter USDA growing zone 3 through 7 winters, these are adaptable in the sun, partial sun or shade, it laughs at dry, rocky soil, some salty locations, and well-draining clay, and can handle wet feet, too! Deer, pests and diseases are almost non-existent issues for this incredible shrub!
Use this tough little shrub as groundcover to prevent soil erosion! It works like a true champ to hold soil in place. After all, it has the most amazing soil-holding capability. It will spread out slowly in all directions and fill in open ground beautifully for you.
Use Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle as a phenomenal, groundcover shrub on steep embankments. And wouldn't it be far nicer to have a flowering shrub to look at, rather than turf on steep slopes? Stop giving yourself a white-knuckle mowing task and use Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle instead.
Or, plant a row of them to create informal, low hedges that feature great bronzy foliage and yellow flowers in summer. Honeysuckles are great edging and facer shrubs too! Please remember that this is a free-form, informal plant. If you are looking for formal hedges, try Privet or Boxwood.
Try it in tough places where grass won't grow. How about that space between the sidewalk and the garage with the great capacity to fill the area with literally no upkeep? How about those areas beneath deck areas with sun or shade and not fussy about soil? Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is the perfect response to tough problems in the landscape.
It performs beautifully in urban and commercial landscapes, too. Commercial use includes roadside plantings and parking lots. Use in the hot, dry 'hell strip' zone between the road and the sidewalk to give four seasons of interest.
Mass plantings and rows of these workhorses require almost no care and have no disease or insect problems. To create a mass planting, use a zig-zag planting pattern. When you group them together en masse, you'll magnify the visual impact of this beautiful compact shrub! For a fast, solid screen, plant them 2 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one plant to the center of the next. Increase the spread to 3 - 5 feet for a more informal look.
One would look great as a specimen planting or accent shrub because of the fantastic foliage color and yellow blooms! Scatter several around your yard to support beneficial insects in a Native plant installation and support Butterflies as a caterpillar Host Plant. Bird and butterfly gardens, Rock gardens and Rain gardens, or just a pretty backdrop to the Perennial border, you name it - this shrub fits right in!
The same spreading root system and (polite) suckering capabilities of this shrub mean instant wildlife shelters and thickets for birds to nest and roost in! Birds love the berries if you have multiple shrubs to pollinate the flowers.
Give Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle room to develop and grow in all directions for the best effect. All in all, the Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is an extraordinary ornamental shrub that offers a lot for the small amount of space it requires. It is a unique plant that is so widely adaptable and so versatile. In fact, we can't think of a single reason why you wouldn't want to use this great little plant!
This versatile plant can grow in full sun, part shade or shade. The more sun, the better, but this adaptable plant might really amaze you! Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is o adaptable to almost any soil, including wet or dry as long as it is well-drained. It even thrives in rocky, dry soil!
Give young plants a moderate amount of regular water while they get their roots established in your soil. After that, they'll take drought and neglect without missing a beat. In extended drought, please protect your investment with judicious watering.
Keep the new planting weeded and apply a 3-4 inch thick layer of arborist mulch over the fibrous root systems. This not only keeps the roots cool; it also helps unify and polish up the look.
You shouldn't need to Prune it much, but it's nice to know you can complete that task any time of year. But you might want to wait until the flowers are all done showing off first. If your Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle needs to be rejuvenated (usually every 3-5 years) or reminded where the edge of the bed stops - simply mow them all the way down to the ground, or begin a yearly regiment of renewal pruning in early spring. Do this before the new growth appears in spring. Fresh new growth will develop from the roots and even flower in the first season. Trim the edges to tidy the edge of a sidewalk or driveway anytime.
This is one of those useful, pretty plant it and forget it plants we all love to use. It's tough enough to handle just about anything you might throw at it. Even brown thumbs can enjoy growing this durable little trouper!
Put Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle to work in your yard. You'll love the dark-green foliage and lovely, yellow flowers of this beauty! Order yours now at NatureHills.com and secure yourself a few of these amazing workhorse flowering ornamental shrubs!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#6 Container||Ranges from||5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Diervilla lonicera|
|Mature Height||3 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Fall Color||Red, Burgundy / Purple|
|Pruning Time||When Dormant|