Posted: 06/02/2013 at 14:18
i don't mean to be a prophet of doom (honest!) but photinia, which are lovely, need slightly acid soil and don't do well in my garden, which is neutral to alkaline. Another thing - I have an acer in one border which is now five feet or so tall and its gorgeous shape means that nothing much can be planted under it or too close to it, or the effect is lost. This year, I will have to dig it out or dedicate the border to it and plant everything else simply to give it a background.
Please forgive me if you already know this, but the honeysuckle needs pruning according to its type and there is informatin about this on http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=439. If it is a climber it can be hard pruned in early spring but some honeysuckles need to be pruned in late summer because they flower on this year's growth and if you cut them back in spring they won't flower this year.