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I planted a healthy Dutch Honeysuckle 'Serotina' in April and was therefore expecting a good flush of scented flowers this Summer. It has put on height (6/8'), clambering up the trellis on the front of the house (south-west facing) but alas no flowers. It has been regularly watered and fed since planting. The lower half of the plant is now yellowing and the leaves rae falling. Should I prune right back and hope for better results next year? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Don't prune off the new growth, this will produce the flowers next year - it would be a bit much to expect it to flower the first year of being planted out - it will have been quite small and it flowers on the previous year's growth.
Check that it's roots aren't too wet. Remember that it's a woodland plant, and by it's nature woodland soil tends towards being dry in the summer as the trees take up most of the moisture. However it is a fine line because if it gets too dry at the base you (or rather the honeysuckle) might get powdery mildew - but that's just one of the things you have to put up with occasionally in order to get those glorious blooms and sensational perfume on summer evenings - but you'll have to wait until next year.
Oh, you might want to shorten the ends of any long branches a bit, just to encourage sideshoots.
Thank you very much for your expert advice. I will leave well alone this year and look forward to next.