Posted: 30/08/2014 at 09:50
The problem with honeysuckles is - they don't like being confined to a small space, so you'll be pruning constantly - as you've found! I had a similar situation at my last house and did the same as you - pruned right back to rejuvenate it , as it was full of old wood. I had the advantage of a further framework of poles to train it on, along with some clematis on another pole. It will be quite a bit of work to constantly tie it in where you want it, and just hacking the top off may mean losing future flowers. Ideally, they prefer something like a shed or other structure to just scramble over, but a trellis to train it onto would be better than nothing. If that's not an option, could you move it somewhere else?