Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty'

winter honeysuckle

2 litre pot
pot size guide
£12.99 Buy

The finest winter-flowering honeysuckle of all, with clusters of pale flowers on bare branches from early spring - a sweet scent for gateways and walls under windows

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

1 year guarantee
All you can buy delivered for £4.99

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: December to March
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Clusters of white, tubular flowers with prominent yellow anthers cling to bare branches in the depths or winter and fill the air with a heady fragrance. The scent from this deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub will stop you in your tracks. An invaluable addition to the garden in winter, it is best planted near a path or in a front garden, where its delicious fragrance can be appreciated. Once the bright green leaves appear, this honeysuckle looks rather insignificant, so plant it among shrubs that provide interest over the summer months.

  • Garden care: Cut back established plants after flowering, removing a third of the flowering shoots. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring.

Sarcococca confusa

sweet box

Sweetly scented, pure white flowers December to March

£14.39 Buy

Chimonanthus praecox


Deliciously scented winter flowers

£12.99 Buy

Hamamelis × intermedia 'Pallida'

witch hazel

Beautiful sulphur-yellow flowers

£23.99 Buy

Helleborus × hybridus Harvington white speckled

Lenten rose hellebore

Great illuminating a shady spot

£14.39 Buy

Do you want to ask a question about this?

If so, click on the button and fill in the box below. We will post the question on the website, together with your alias (bunnykins, digger1, plantdotty etc etc) and where you are from (Sunningdale/Glasgow etc). We'll also post the answer to your question!
5 Questions | 5 Answers
Displaying questions 1-5
  • Q:

    I planted my lonicera purpusii this Spring but the leaves have started to turn brown. Is it dying or is there a deficiency?
    Asked on 16/8/2015 by Daviddubbleyoo. from Woking Surrey

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor



      It's difficult to say what could b causing this without actually seeing the plant. The most likely cause is a lack of water, so do make sure the plant gets long and regular drinks. It is also quite normal for the leaves of deciduous plants like this one to start looking rather tatty towards the end of summer. Unless the browning is really widespread though, I would not be too concerned.

      Answered on 25/8/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    My winter honeysuckle has flowered beautifully every year, despite spending it's first few years in a large container. It has been in the ground for two years now and has lots of healthy growth however it did not flower this year. I live in N.E Scotland and it usually flowers end of February/March. We did have a long winter followed by a very hot late spring. Daffodils were blooming late may into June. Do you think the weather was the reason or do I need to feed it?
    Asked on 3/9/2013 by Greenclaw from Alford

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor


      Hello there
      There are a number of reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade or not enough water or nutrients, or incorrect pruning on some plants. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. But I wonder if you cut it back last year? It needs to be pruned in late spring after flowering, -the flowers are produced on the second-year wood, otherwise you can reduce the flowering potential. Also they will grow in partial shade but will flower more profusely in the sun.
      Hope this helps

      Answered on 4/9/2013 by Anonymous from Crocus
  • Q:

    Winter flowering shrubs and climbers to plant with new hedge

    Hello, I have newly planted a hedge (made up from Hornbeam, Rosa rugosa, Blackthorn, Cornus, Hawthorn and Hazel) about 50ft long. I have been told that if I was to plant amongst the hedge some winter flowering Clematis such as 'Wisley Cream' it would give some nice colour these bleak winter months when the hedge is bare of foliage. The hedge is south facing and although the ground is ???good??? heavy Cambridgeshire clay the hedge has been planted in a trench back filled with leaf mulch, chipped wood and spent peat. Although I have said about in-planting Clematis in the hedge, I am open to other plant suggestions if you have any. Regards Terry
    Asked on 31/12/2009 by Terry Allum

    1 answer

  • Q:

    Plants to deter cats

    Hello, my tiny terrace garden was recently made over at some expense but my 2 beloved moggies have ruined the one flower bed by using it as a loo-I am about to spend yet more money on having it cleaned up but how do I deter the cats from ruining it again? They are outdoor cats and use the catflap and there is nowhere indoors to put a litter tray anyway. Friends suggested several centimetres of woodchips? on the soil would put them off but I would value your advice before I invest. Also, which perfumed lilies are poisonous to cats?-or are they all? I am not thinking of poisoning the 2 moggies but I would like some lilies in pots but not if they are going to harm the cats. Also, suggestions of perfumed climbing shrubs that will stand shade. Many thanks Sonia
    Asked on 23/7/2009 by Sonia Richardson

    1 answer

  • Q:

    What plants would you suggest for a winter gift?

    I would like to send a present in November to someone who loves the garden - any suggestions as to what you could offer? (I previously sent one of your ornamental bay trees, which was very successful).
    Asked on 17/10/2006 by Jennifer Baldwin

    1 answer

Displaying questions 1-5

Do you have a question about this product? 

Cottage garden

The traditional cottage garden was an intensive, yet carefree mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers all crowded into a tiny space. Today, this informal charm can be recreated using modern varieties that largely take care of themselves around an

Read full article

April pruning of trees, shrubs and

Many shrubs, trees and climbers are showing signs of growth, so it is an ideal time to check them over for winter damage. If you feel they need a little care and attention, here are a few notes to use as a pruning guide. during April.

Read full article