Lonicera 'Spring Purple' (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
The foliage of this recently introduced honeysuckle emerges purple in spring, but matures to a rich green, so by summer when the unscented cream and yellow flowers appear, it forms a lush, verdant backdrop. It is relatively compact too, so a better option for smaller gardens, or where space is at a premium.
- 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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