Posted: 24/08/2016 at 09:03
Some advice please. We have an old apple tree with a rambling rose and honeysuckle growing through it. The rose isn't terribly interesting (no scent, insignificant flowers) and is VERY vigorous. I would like to replace it but the honeysuckle, which we want to keep, is completely entwined with the rose.
How ruthless can I be cutting back the honeysuckle? I will try to keep as much if it as I can but suspect it may get damaged in the process. Plus it will need to find its own way up the tree if I remove the rambler So may be best to cut it back anyway?
Would also appreciate advice on timing - its probably a lonicera periclymenum as it is developing lovely bright red berries so would want to allow the birds to enjoy these first. Should we do this in late autumn, winter or wait till spring ?
Final question - any recommendations on a replacement rose to climb through my apple tree. He's only about 20ft tall and we would like the new rose to be scented (essential) preferably an open flower so good for pollinators and if we can be greedy hips too would be great. Doesn't have to be a repeat flowerer. There are so many gorgeous roses your suggestions might help us narrow down our choice :)