Mint Crisp Honeysuckle
Ultra-fragrant blooms mature from white to primrose!
The foliage is so bright and attractive, keeping its cream tones right through the summer heat and autumn chill. Semi-evergreen, in areas where it remains through winter, it acquires bold pink tints that really stand out. Unlike other varieties that are less hardy and dependable due to their variegation, 'Mint Crisp' is a robust garden performer in a wide range of climates and conditions.
The flowers are magnificent as well. They begin in midsummer in most areas, opening long, tubular, and pure white. Butterflies and hummingbirds pay their respects on a daily basis, and that irresistible honeysuckle scent pervades the garden. The blooms mature to cream and finally primrose yellow, the soft color complementing the gold-speckled foliage perfectly. And the flowers just keep coming all the way into autumn, lasting into October in many gardens.
Deer and rabbits leave this climbing shrub alone, making it a good choice for open settings as well as the border, and all it asks for success is sunshine and well-drained soil. It does need an annual prune, for it is massive and does best when sheared in late winter for a fresh season's growth. Beyond that, 'Mint Crisp' is effortless -- and the sight of it in the garden is unforgettable! Zones 4-9.
|Zone||4 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Summer - Mid Fall|
|PlantHeight||10 ft - 30 ft|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Pruning Recommended, Variegated|
|BloomColor||Cream, Light Yellow, White|
|FoliageColor||Cream, Medium Green, Pink, Variegated|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|Uses||Border, Foliage Interest, Privacy|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|