Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas'
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Nothing beats the sweet honeyed fragrance perfuming the warm, soft mellow air of a summer’s evening. Remember to take hardwood cuttings in autmn of this indispensable plant –they are easy to do and almost foolproof
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fabulously fragrant, large, tubular, white flowers, ageing to yellow, from July to September and oval, mid-green leaves. This vigorous, deciduous climber will soon cover a boundary wall or fence in a sunny site. Later flowering than many other varieties of honeysuckle it's ideal for a cottage or wildlife garden.
- 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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It grew quickly and it's already shooting this year.
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Q:I planted a honeysuckle "Graham Thomas" a month ago. It started growing well, but this week all the leaves on one branch have wilted and curled slightly. I watered it well, but it hasn't recovered. The rest of the plant looks OK so far. Any ideas please? Should I cut off the affected branch?Asked on 28/5/2016 by Mrs H from Reading
It sounds as though only one stem has been affected, so I suspect some form of physical damage, in which case it will not recover and should be removed.Answered on 31/5/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I planted the above to climb over a pergola 3 years ago and the rate of growth has been fantastic as has the abundance of flowers. Last year The plant suffered from mildew so I treated it with an anti fungal spray which so far seems to have worked. Earlier this year I carried out limited pruning . Unfortunately the floral display this season has been very disappointing compared to previous years can you offer any advise where I may have gone wrong. I do feed with chicken pellets.Asked on 21/6/2014 by Old Adam from Tyneside
Loniceras are prone to powdery mildew I'm afraid, so do make sure your plant is kept well watered, and spray with a good fungicide if necessary. Also any pruning should be tackled immediately after it has finished flowering, as if it is done at any other time of the year it will have an effect on the flower production. All you can do now is make sure it is kept well fed and watered and next year you should have an abundance of flowers again.Answered on 26/6/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:I purchased the above early 2013 and it flowered beautifully last summer. However, this year all of the buds are dropping off before actually flowering. What is the reason for this?
I have also noticed that another Honeysuckle I have had for a couple of years is doing exactly the same.Asked on 21/5/2014 by BennyP from Chelmsford, Essex
This usually happens when a plant is stressed in some way, so make sure it is getting lots of water and give it a feed with a good, general purpose fertiliser such as Vitax Q4.Answered on 22/5/2014 by helen from crocus
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:Climbers for North East facing wall
Hi I was just wondering if you could give me some advice please. Our house is a Victorian end of terrace - the side of the house faces North-East. The side of the house is very bare (only two tiny windows on ground floor) and we would like to grow something up the wall. We have had trouble with graffiti in the past and want to paint the side of the house and then put trellis to about 7ft. Can you suggest something that would grow quite quickly please. Kind Regards JoannaAsked on 6/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
A:Hello Joanna, If you click on the link below it will take you to our fast growing climbers, which will cope with low light levels. If you click into each card you can then see the eventual height and spread of each plant - some of them are pretty big. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 9/11/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thank you so much Helen, this helps a lot.Answered on 9/11/2009 by Joanna Swainson
Q:Climbing Plant on a North-Facing Trellis
Dear Sir/Madam, Could you recommend a climbing plant for a trellis? The trellis in question is set against my neighbour's wall, and faces northward. So, I'm looking for a plant to provide maximum, attractive, fast-growing coverage. Yours faithfully, PeterAsked on 18/8/2009 by Peter Lawson
A:Hello Peter, I have done a search on our Plant Finder and if you click on the following link it will take you to all the climbers which will grow on a north facing aspect and are fast growing (although keep in mind most plants are going into their dormant period now) http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.186/vid.237/ I hope this helps.Answered on 19/8/2009 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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