The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section VI. Vines and Climbing Plants

Honeysuckle family

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We must not forget to enumerate here the charming family of the Honeysuckles; some of them are natives of the old world, some of our own continent; and all of them are common in our gardens, where they are universally prized for their beauty and fragrance. In their native localities they grow upon trees, and trail along the rocks. The species which ascends to the greatest height, is the common European Woodbine,* which twines around the stems, and hangs from the ends of the longest branches of trees: "As Woodbine, weds the plant within her reach, Rough Elm, or smooth-grained Ash, or glossy Beech, In spiral rings ascends the trunk, and lays Her golden tassels on the leafy sprays." COWPER. (* Woodbind is the original name, derived from the habit of the plant of winding itself around trees, and binding the branches together.)