The Q&A Archives: Will a cape honeysuckle compete?

Question: I have a strip of land 20 feet long and 3 feet wide in front of a wood fence that I would like to plant with three cape honeysuckle, six purple fountain grass, bird of paradise and oleander.

will the cape honeysuckle, as a vigorous grower, compete with any of the above plants. The area is very dry with full sun (very hot in summer)

I'd like to plantin Feb-March and have most of the plants already so they are more mature at planting time.

Can cape honey suckle grow in containers?

Any suggestions?

Answer: Cape honeysuckle is a vigorous grower but most of the growth is up, not out. If you prune it back a bit each year (recommended to keep it healthy), it shouldn't compete with your other plants. All of your plants should be happy in their nursery containers until you can plant this winter. Group the plants so the pots shade one another (roots can bake in nursery pots if subjected to hot summer sunshine). Your plants will be happy with their heads in the sun and the pots somewhat shaded from hot afternoon sunshine. I would group them together or try to set the pots in the shade of a shrub or decorative boulder to keep them from overheating.

Best wishes with your new landscape!

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