Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'

2 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99
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Buy Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' Japanese honeysuckle: Intensely fragrant, white flowers

This climber is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

  • 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

    Masses of highly scented, pure white, tubular flowers, ageing to yellow, smother this handsome honeysuckle from April to August, giving it a two-tone appearance. Many of the handsome, tapered, glossy, dark green leaves are retained all year, so this vigorous variety is ideal for covering a pergola, arch or boundary wall, or scrambling through robust shrubs and trees. It is happy in sun or partial shade.

  • Garden care: Newly planted honeysuckles should be cut back by up to two thirds in their first year in early spring. The resulting new growth can then be tied onto a frame, and nipped back when it reaches the desired height. In subsequent years (again in early spring), thin out congested stems, and prune lanky stems back to healthy buds. Every few years, you may want to renovate your plant, and you can do this by cutting it back to around 60cm above the ground. The subsequent mass of growth will need to be thinned and tied on as before. After pruning, apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'

"One of the few tough semi-evergreen climbers, with round small leaves and fragrant white flowers that turn cream - more flowers when kept in check!"

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Not sure it was the right one for its position


I have this in a large container on a raised deck in a courtyard, with a fence and wall for tying in support. It has grown well but not flowered as much as I hoped, maybe it needs more time. It is not in the best place for appreciating any fragrance from flowers - my mistake, not yours!




Doing very well in a large pot.


We wanted something fragrant to go in a large pot on a patio. The plant is doing well and growing vigorously.



A bit pale in colour.


It was a very healthy plant and has grown really well, the colour is quite pale but I cannot blame this on Crocus, it is just the colour of the plant.




Excellent plant, though a bit of a thug


Lovely scent - possibly even better than Graham Thomas - though it is a bit of a thug and the flowers tend to lurk among the copious foliage.

Jonathan Sidaway



Disappointing results


Sadly this honeysuckle has not thrived ad I had hoped. It's been planted in a large pit, but seems to be sad and spindly in spite of careful pruning. It's also particularly prone to mildew, so this autumn I shall try to revive it by planting elsewhere in my garden.

Somerset girl



I would not buy this again


This is a tricky customer. I have tried it in several locations to see if I can make it happier. Starts with promising growth which soon tails off. Still hasn't flowered 2 years in. I have others now from a different source - interested to see if they thrive.




Growing quickly!


Healthy, growing quite quickly in it's first season. Have several - they smell devine all summer, and are evergreen - great for a natural boundary between the neighbours that birds can nest in.

A gardener



Growing Well


The plant is growing very well in its first year against a wall that needs some interest, so I am looking forward To seeing it cover more wall and flower this summer. I find Crocus a very reliable, helpful source for the garden.




Grew well despite poor weather


The weather this year was not good for honeysuckles (very wet, then sunny, then wet etc.). Every honeysuckle I saw in my area looked unhappy! This one grew well and covered most of the railings up the steps to my front door. However, it suffered badly from powdery mildew all summer, despite spraying. It lost leaves repeatedly and barely flowered. It's still growing well though, so I'm hoping the weather will be kinder next year. I can't wait to smell those fragrant flowers!






Delivered on time and packaged very safely. The plant was lovely and healthy when removed from it's packaging. It actually flowered this year, cant wait until next year when it's more established. Will be definitely buying more plants from you again.


Kempston Beds



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will honeysuckle grow in pots


Hello, It will, but not happily in the long term as most of them get really big. If you do go for it, choose a large pot and opt for a more compact form, such as 'Rhubarb and Custard' - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lonicera-periclymenum-rhubarb-and-custard/classid.2000020958/


Vigorous climbing plants Hi, I am looking for rapid growing climbers (evergreen and non-evergreen) that I can grow through trees without harming the host trees. The planting site is as follows:- -East facing but ultimately the aerial part of the growth will be facing west - Shaded at the base where the young plant will be started i.e.roots in shade but tip of young plant showing above adjacent hardstanding car park - Moist well draining soil Can you recommend some varieties? Many thanks, Roger

Roger Pirrie

Hello Roger, There are several that might be worth considering - here are some of the best. Clematis x triternata Rubromarginata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-%C3%97-triternata-rubromarginata/classid.1000000212/ Clematis montana Pink Perfection http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-montana-var.-rubens-pink-perfection/classid.903/ Clematis montana var grandiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/normal-flowers/clematis-montana-var.-grandiflora/classid.905/ Clematis tangutica http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/bell-shaped-flowers/clematis-tangutica-/classid.917/ Lonicera japonica Halliana http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-japonica-halliana/classid.1678/ Lonicera periclymenum Serotina http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-periclymenum-serotina/classid.1685/ I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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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, Heather


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 Doctor

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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 Sue

Sue Mather

Hi Helen Many thanks I think we will go for the Hydrangea Regards Sue

Crocus Helpdesk

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 Doctor

Sue Mather

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, Roland


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 Doctor

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Looking for a suitable plant to screen pipe I am looking for advice please. We have recently installed a downstairs toilet which involved erecting a very large ugly grey pipe (vertically) which almost reaches the eaves of the house. The position of the house/pipe wouldn't be suitable for a tree as it is directly on the driveway side of the house. Could you possibly suggest a fast growing bushy evergreen climber to disguise it? I'd thought of ivy but perhaps you could suggest something bushier or better?Many t hanks Elizabeth

elizabeth cairns

Hello Elizabeth, There are very few truly evergreen climbers that are fast growing, so ivy may be a good option. Another option may be Clematis armandii, but this is not quite fully hardy - just click on the following link to go straight to it http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/clematis/clematis-armandii-/classid.863/ or if you want a semi-evergreen, then these two might be worth considering. Lonicera japonica Halliana http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-japonica-hallian/classid.1678/ or Solanum (again not quite fully hardy) http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/other-climbers/solanum-crispum-glasnevin/classid.1720/ I hope this helps Helen Plant Doctor

elizabeth cairns

Climbers advise please Please can you help me? I've recently bought an old cottage and the garden is in a terrible mess. I have re-built a fence and used willow trellis along it, as I would like to grow a climber over the trellis. The garden is south facing, I think, as it gets the sun (when we get any sun) from mid morning throughout the day and is quite sheltered. I am informed that the soil is fertile. I think that I would prefer an evergreen, so that there is still a barrier throughout the winter, but am open to suggestions. The fence is about 6 metres long and 1.2 metres high. Can you please advise me of a suitable climber to grow? Many thanks, Nichola

Nichola Day

Hello Nichola, One of the best cottage garden climbers is honeysuckle, but I am concerned about the height of the fence as 1.2m is really very short for a climber. If you click on the following link it will take you to one of the best honeysuckles, which has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 2m, so 1 would be ample to fill the space. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/honeysuckle/lonicera-japonica-halliana/classid.1678/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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

Sonia Richardson

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 Doctor

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Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' growing problem Hi I ordered a Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' which I planted in a very large tub with 'new' compost from a Garden Centre, -planted at the tilted angle recommended, with the growth intertwining into a trellis. It is planted in a place which gets a good bit of sun (when the sun shines). I gave it several good soakings and subsequently ensured it has been watered so the soil is always damp. Anyway, it hasn't grown one little bit. It hasn't apparently died, although some of the leaves have gone a bit firm - not quite dead in look - it just has not grown one leaf or shoot or inch. It is quite stationary and some leaves do not look healthy. I have this Saturday given it the recommended amount of plant food - I would have waited a few more weeks (as the soil contains nutrients) but the plant obviously was not prospering. The other 2 climbers I bought from you are doing quite well. What can I do ? Greg

Greg Nelson

Hello Greg, I would not be too alarmed as often times newly planted things will simply concentrate their energies into putting on root growth rather than top growth. All you need to do is make sure it gets the water it needs and give it time. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Is Lonicera halliana evergreen? Hi - Before I plant these Honeysuckles, can you please confirm if the leaves will remain green all year? Thanks. Ron

ron birrell

Hello Ron, All the Lonicera halliana cultivars are classified as evergreen or semi-evergreen. This means they will keep most of their leaves throughout the year, however in colder parts of the country, or if temperatures really drop they will shed them. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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