Lonicera fragrantissima

winter honeysuckle

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

    This wonderful, winter-flowering shrub produces fragrant, creamy-white flowers in mild spells between December and March on almost leafless branches. These are sometimes followed by dull-red berries, which may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested. The leaves, when they appear are a rich shade of green - usually flushed with a plush purple. This is a splendid, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub, that will flower more profusely when trained against a sunny wall. Try to plant it close to an entrance or pathway so you can catch its lingering aroma each time you pass.

  • 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.

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CrocusLonicera fragrantissima
 
4.7

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5.0

Now in Feb and in full flower scent is divine and bees love

By Woo

from London

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Crocus Lonicera fragrantissima:

      Used it at the edge of a mixed border where I can smell it as scent wafts around the garden. Its a vigorous grower in the free draining soil I have and in competition with a large tree's roots. I do prune it every other year to keep it a suitable size for the space. Gets full south facing sun for part of the day, though this is shortened when the trees are in full leaf to about 4 hours. Have experimented with cuttings in quite a shaded woodlandish position (not deep shade but dappled, where it is difficult to grow many plants, the new plants are doing well and I now have first batch of flowers on a small plant from cutting taken around 3 years ago stuck into the soil and pretty much left to get on with it. Its a tough plant can take fairly dry conditions. The scent is beautiful and powerful now in Feb as there are masses of flowers on the well established mother plant, and I often see bees on it. It normally has just started flowering by Christmas and can cut a couple of stems for indoors, but Jan and Feb is when it comes in to its own.

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      4.0

      Excellent packaging

      By Scots belle

      from West coast of Scotland

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Healthy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoors

        Comments about Lonicera fragrantissima:

        The plant arrived in excellent condition, was easy to plant and, so far, has remained in good health. As a winter flowering shrub I have still to see how it will look in flower and what kind of fragrance it will have. I have placed it close to my gate in the hope that its beauty and scent will lift my spirits as I walk in and out of the garden through the winter.

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        5.0

        I would buy this plant again

        By Amateur gardener

        from Suffolk

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
        • Healthy

        Cons

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          Comments about Lonicera fragrantissima:

          A very healthy and good size plant

          • Your Gardening Experience:
          • Keen but clueless

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          • Q:

            Is the Lonicera fragrantissima suitable to grow in a pot? I'm looking for a climbing plant (ideally scented), to grow against a fairly sunny SW facing wall by my back door. The area is paved, so it would need to be potted. Alternatively are there any clematis that don't mind being grown in a container?
            Asked on 24/4/2015 by MrsH from Leeds

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              Hello,

              These will be happier in the ground, but if you have a really large pot and you make sure it is kept well fed and watered, then you may get away with it. There are several clematis that will be happy in a large pot - please click on the following link to go straight to them.

              http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/plcid.15/plcid.16/vid.274/

              Answered on 14/5/2015 by Anonymous
          • Q:

            Is Lonicera fragrantissima suitable to use as a low hedge againsts a south facing low fence which is otherwise bare?
            Asked on 1/2/2013 by pattykins from Guildford,Surrey

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            • Plant Doctor

              A:

              Hello,

              This plant makes a great hedge and it can often be seen in hedgerows. I am not sure what height you have in mind, but I would not advise trying to keep it clipped too hard - although you should have no problems keeping it at 3 - 4' tall.

              I hope this helps,

              Answered on 4/2/2013 by Helen 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

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            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

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