Lonicera nidita is a type of honeysuckle used in topiary and hedging. It’s often known as box honeysuckle. Tiny birds such as blue wrens love to hop about in it…… and on it, searching for bugs. It will cope with frequent, light clipping and becomes dense and compact.
I have Lonicera growing around a shallow birdbath, just outside my bedroom window. What a joy this has been, both for me and the birds. It is very hardy, and copes with everything our Blue Mountains (New South Wales) climate can throw at it; frosts, occasional snow and summer heat.
A haven for tiny birds
Importantly, I have never seen a bird bigger than a fantail in this bath. The competition for it’s use is fierce, but fair.
UPDATE – SUMMER 2020
Well our dry, hot weather in late 2019 has finally been relieved by good rain. However we are still experiencing excruciatingly hot days. The honeysuckle has suffered, but is hanging in there. The birdbath is busier than ever;
My lovely Rob keeps the bath clean and filled with fresh water.
FUN GARDEN FEATURES WITH LONICERA
If you are a particularly creative soul ( or a train enthusiast) you could even fashion an elevated railroad from Lonicera.
However, getting back to the birds, the shape below might be best avoided. Look at that wicked grin!
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