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Old 05-01-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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Default Honeysuckle or Star Jasmine - which vine to plant

We are putting a large trellis structure in our garden that will measure about 12ft high and about 20 feet in length to separate and create a barrier between my neighbor. It is south west facing and we live in San Jose CA. My husband and I cannot decide if we want to plant Honeysuckle or Star Jasmine. We do want a vine that has flowers + heavy fragrance so either would be fine but I'm interested in the feedback from experience gardeners on "things we need to be aware of". Which vine would you plant? I originally want to plant both but I was told the Star Jasmine would take over as it is more aggressive of the two. I was also told I need to watch out for frost with Honeysuckle. I'm very interested to hear from experienced gardeners on this topic.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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I've heard Honeysuckle can be invasive. We had wild Honeysuckle where I grew up in CT, and it sure was everywhere. But it was never bothered by freezing, always came back.

I don't know anything about Jasmine except that it's supposed to smell good and it's quite pretty.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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There are honeysuckle varieties that aren't invasive; but even the most invasive Japanese honeysuckle can be reined in in the backyard with a little effort. Some honeysuckle is deciduous, some isn't. Probably your local garden store would be the best source of information for the vines that grow best in your climate.

Their fragrances both are wonderful; you can't go wrong on that score with either one.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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Jasmine grows well in CA. Honeysuckle is invasive, we have one growing everywhere in the common area behind my house.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:15 AM
 
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If you want invasive, go for the orange blossom( white) Clematis. Although it only blooms in very late summer/ early fall, its about as fragant as you can get. Plus you'll have it popping up all over the neighborhood when the seeds germinate.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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I don't know about the star jasmine, but I have honeysuckle that is very invasive. I love the fragrance, though, so I let it stay. I'll mow over it and prune it to keep it in check, but I think it would take a great deal of work to eradicate the stuff. I have the honeysuckle growing up through a couple of huge knockout roses that I can't stand (they came with the house). With the exception of an aggressive pruning once or twice a year, I let the roses and the honeysuckle duke it out.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:31 AM
 
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Myself, I would have several varieties of grape growing on that nice trellis.

I'm partial to star jasmine. It won't get as large or heavy as that honeysuckle. Both are good looking and both smell wonderful.

Is there any reason you can not plant a few of each kind? Also, I would try to plant different varieties to try to spread out the flowering season for longer.
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Old 05-03-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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Additional note; that huge volume of scented vine might be overwhelming if all in bloom at the same time. Consider alternating the heavy scent with something else that is pretty but not so strongly scented. How about climbing roses? Very pretty and often planted with honeysuckle.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Myself, I would have several varieties of grape growing on that nice trellis.

I'm partial to star jasmine. It won't get as large or heavy as that honeysuckle. Both are good looking and both smell wonderful.

Is there any reason you can not plant a few of each kind? Also, I would try to plant different varieties to try to spread out the flowering season for longer.
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I was told I should pick one because having both would not be good. My husband doesn't want a solid block of green (which is what we will get with the star jasmine after it flowers) and that we should go for the honeysuckle. Most people have said frost won't be an issue and I will need to keep pruning.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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Additional note; that huge volume of scented vine might be overwhelming if all in bloom at the same time.
I cannot fathom a scenario in which this would be objectionable.
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