This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Just now, in June, when Honeysuckles are in flower, is a good time to note the differences in the kinds. The three most useful climbing Honeysuckles are the brachypoda or Japan, flexuosa or Chinese, and Hallian or Hall's. Of these the first two flower at the same time, the Hall's being a week or ten days later, always.
If there is any difference in the degree of fragrance, it is probably in favor of the Chinese, though there is but little, if any. The Chinese, having purplish leaves and rosy flower buds, with cream-colored flowers when expanded, makes the most contrast of any, and, therefore, with those who know the difference, this kind is oftener planted than the others are. The Japan, however, is useful in its way. There is not the contrast between flower-buds and flowers and leaves as in the Japan, because the leaves when young are of a light green, and the flowers are cream-colored, both in bud and when expanded; but it is such a bushy grower, that for covering old stumps of trees and many other purposes it is just the thing. The chief merit of the Hall's Honeysuckle is its late blooming, coming in, as it does, when the other two are about past their prime. It also blooms occasionally through the summer, but not sufficiently well to merit the name of everblooming, which some bestow on it.