Lonicera japonica 'Halls Prolific'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: April to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
As its name suggests, this is an especially vigorous and free-flowering variety with masses of sweetly scented, tubular flowers from April to August, opening pure white and ageing to yellow. In milder winters, the handsome, dark green leaves can stay on the plant all year and in hot summers, the flowers may be followed by small purple-black berries. It looks lovely scrambling over an old boundary wall or growing through a robust, mature tree.
- 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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I was wondering on a few honeysuckles that would good for climbing up and over my front porch. Lots of sunshine but I have read that this affects the amount of flowers it produces as I want as many as possible. Do honeysuckles generally flower prolifically or do they only produce one or two over the season. Is there anything I can do to maximise flowering as well and whats the best varieties for flowering and scent ?
Thanks in advance.Asked on 30/4/2015 by jeffrey from United Kingdom
Honeysuckles usually produce an abundance of flowers, particularly if they are growing in a sunny spot. As for scent, the yellowish white flowered forms have the best scent.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Hi, i have a patio with a sheltered north facing bare wall. i have already put up a trellis and was wondering if lonicera japonica would grow well here? it would have to be in a container too as there is no natural soil near the wall
thanks!Asked on 22/3/2015 by Natures Helper from Beckenham, Kent
This honeysuckle will tolerate a north facing aspect but it is a vigorous climber so not ideal to be grown in a pot. There is a more compact honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb and Custard' which can be grown in a container but it is not recommended for a north facing aspect.
I have added a link below to some climbers that are suitable for north facing aspect and pots.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I am looking for a climber to plant in a container on a west facing garage wall,plenty of sun. Preferably evergreen as the pebbledash is very ugly. I do not want to grow ivy
ThanksAsked on 22/5/2014 by cal from Liverpool
If you click on the following link it will take you to a shortlist of suitable plants, however you will need a really large pot and make sure the plants are kept well fed and watered if they are to survive.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.4/vid.274/Answered on 29/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Hi, I would like to cover an ugly wall with an evergreen climber that flowers - its part of my house but not that big an area. Would pruning back this Lonicera japonica 'Halls Prolific' to keep the size in check, damage it in any way? Also, the wall sits on the patio, so I would have to plant in a container. I do have one to hand but its not that big, maybe 40cm wide x 35cm tall. Would the plant be ok in this small plant pot? I have some evergreen honeysuckles in similar and they are doing really well.... Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.Asked on 31/3/2014 by plant1
This is a lovely honeysuckle, but it is not always evergreen.- it can hold it's leaves in a mild winter but really it is classed as semi-evergreen.
It is vigorous, but you can prune it to keep it under control and restrict it's size,-growing in a pot will limit it's growth, however I would plant it in a larger container if possible as that does sound rather small.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 1/4/2014 by Anonymous
Q:Advice on climbers please
Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, HeatherAsked on 12/3/2010 by Thuli
A:Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 12/3/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Plant for an east facing wall
Hi, Could you help me with the choice of plant for an east facing wall (it will get early morning sun). The wall is 8 foot high and 20 foot long. I liked the idea of a climbing Hydrangea but this appears to grow to 15 metres. Is there a similar evergreen plant that you could recommend? Many thanks SueAsked on 20/1/2010 by Sue Mather
A:Hello Sue, The Hydrangea is really quite slow growing and you can easily cut it back if it does get too big, so if you really like it, I would be tempted to go for it. Alternatively you could opt for one of the Loniceras or a Hedera, both of which can be trimmed back if they get over-large. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 20/1/2010 by Sue Mather
A:Hi Helen Many thanks I think we will go for the Hydrangea Regards SueAnswered on 20/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Climber for South facing wall
Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, RolandAsked on 10/12/2009 by s8films
A:Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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 SoniaAsked on 23/7/2009 by Sonia Richardson
A:Hello There, There are a couple of ways you can deter cats from the garden. Firstly you can plant lots of things that have spines or thorns, thus making it awkward for them to dig in - here are some of my favourites. Pyracantha's are ideal - this is a prickly wall shrub that has small white flowers which become fabulous red berries in autumn. http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=pyracantha Berberis is another good choice: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=berberis Chaenomeles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=chaenomeles Ilex (holly): http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=ilex All of the above plants are evergreen (except Chaenomeles), so you will have year round interest. There are loads of cat deterrents on the market that work by scent or water. We have a few on our site. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/cats/prcid.87/vid.484/ Other methods that you could try include sprinkling curry powder around the boundaries where they frequent, drying your used tea bags and then putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on them before scattering in the garden. Orange peel when broken into small pieces and scattered around the borders works wonders and it's cheap as does grated, perfumed soap. As for the lilies, I think they are all quite toxic to cats, so they should be avoided. Finally, the best scented climbers for shade are the Loniceras - just click on the following link to go straight to them http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.lonicera/ I hope this helps and good luck! Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 24/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Why don't the climbers flower
My aunt aged 83 has a Jasmine and Honeysuckle growing beautifully up an east facing wall getting plenty of warmth and sunshine. They were planted about 5 1/2 years ago. The Jasmine flowered briefly in its second year of growth but hasn't flowered since and the Honeysuckle hasn't bloomed at all. Both plants are very healthy in every other respect. Can you please advise.Thanking you in anticipation. SarahAsked on 14/6/2009 by Sarah King
A:Hello there, The most likely cause is a lack of sun, although other factors could include pruning at the wrong time of the year, or not enough feed or water. If you want to give them a bit of a push, then feed them with Sulphate of Potash (following the manufacturers instructions).I hope this helps, Helen.Answered on 28/2/2012 by helen.derrin
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