Honeysuckle should be grown in full sun or at least partial sun, and the plants need infrequent watering once they are established unless the climate is extremely dry. The plants need a light application of fertilizer at the beginning and middle of the growing season. Typically, the plants are sold for planting in early spring in gallon buckets.
Honeysuckle is easy to grow and hardy in the right conditions. The vines produce fragrant flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and songbirds eat the plant's fruit. Honeysuckle flowers can be white, yellow, orange and red, depending on the variety. Honeysuckle can be in the form of a shrub or vine. Shrubs grow as tall as 15 feet, and vines can grow to 20 feet in height. Many people allow the vines to grow along a trellis or fence, but the vine-type species can also be grown as ground cover to help control erosion. Vines bloom in spring and throughout summer, and they can be grown in containers.
There are about 180 species of honeysuckle, which is native to the Northern Hemisphere. China is home to about 100 species, and around 20 grow in India, Europe and North America. Most species can only grow outside in subtropical climate zones. Some species of honeysuckle have become invasive when grown outside their native area, especially in the United States and New Zealand.