Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'

2 lt pot (60cm cane) £24.99
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Buy Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina' late Dutch honeysuckle: Late flowering, with showy white and purple blooms

This climber is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: July to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A classic cottage garden climber with large, fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers, streaked dark red-purple, that give it a two-tone appearance. In hot summers, the flowers may be followed by small, bright red fruits. This deciduous honeysuckle flowers later than most varieties, and will keep on producing scent and flowers for several weeks in late summer and autumn. It looks lovely scrambling over a wall or fence or growing through a robust tree and it prefers light shade.

  • 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.

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

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Notes on Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'

"Rhubarb and custard confection of flower on this fragrant climber, which pumps out scent in the evening and can attract hawk moths - the fat Henries of the natural world"

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So Healthy


Bought in June and plant came looking healthy. Planted in a large pot to climb up garage. Growth has been spectacular and I'm just waiting to see the flowers next year. I've done everything advised to make sure it flowers but I'm so impressed with the quality so far


North East


Too soon to say


I bought 3 plants to climb through a hedge that's growing against a wall in my south facing garden. I planted them out and they seemed to take off but they developed mildew and the leaves fell off. I sprayed them with an appropriate product but they didn't come back very well. I think the hedge wall is too shaded and dry so this year I'm going to move them into a sunnier spot in the hope they improve in the new location.



Hardy honeysuckle


Against a fence

Green fingers



Colourful honeysuckle


Such a pretty honeysuckle, so many positives wrapped up in one bundle. Smells lovely, striking colours, took off quickly, and bees love it. Very happy. One of eight climbers I bought from Crocus last year and happy with every one.

Mrs J









Lonicera "Serotina"


Plant arrived beautifully packed and in perfect condition. Was listed as hardy evergreen and it has certainly had to be that over the past few weeks of snow and ice. Only lost a few leave dues to weather and is still looking good. Can't wait for the flowers!


Lancashirfe at foot of Pennines.


Disappointing 1st year


The plant was healthy on arrival and seemed to have settled in ok, once planted in the border, but never flowered lat year. It dropped leaves and seems to have been affected by mildew. It's still alive, so hoping it'll have a better year, but if you got it planted in slightly shaded area, i would advise to keep a good eye on it to spot any early mildew problems.




happy and hardy


Used in combination with two other honeysuckles to create a seasonal 'wave' screen on trellis. Worked well!


North Wiltshire



4.4 8


I want a honeysuckle for a west facing fence as near to evergreen as possible (near Canberley). Advice please


This one is semi-evergreen so may hold on to the leaves for longer in the year - Lonicera × heckrottii 'Gold Flame'


Is this an evergreen climber? Thank you.


Hello, No, this is a deciduous climber, which loses its leaves in winter.


I planted this honeysuckle in the spring it is growing well but the lower leaves have become mottled with fungal looking spots and no flower buds. it is in partial shade


Hello there It sounds like you honeysuckle might be suffering from powdery mildew. Unfortunately Lonicera along with many other plants can suffer from powdery mildew, which is a fungal disease of the foliage, stems and occasionally flowers and fruit, where a white fungal growth covers the surface of the plant and then the plant can defoliate. One of the causes, and the most common cause is when plants becomes dry at the roots, and lack of air circulation around the top of the plant. This year has been bad for powdery mildew due the the really hot weather we had earlier. Loniceras need a fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, so need to be kept well watered, if they are allowed to dry out the plants become stressed and then susceptible to this kind of disease. Applying a mulch, such as a well rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant will help to retain the moisture in the soil,- only apply when the soil is moist, and make sure there is good air circulation around the plant. You can spray with a fungicides, these are widely available but sorry we don't sell them. Then in the autumn when they drop their leaves, make sure you collect the fallen foliage and dispose of them so that none of the spores overwinter.

Hello, I'm trying to decide which honeysuckle will be best to go on an East facing wildlife border. The site is between Apple trees but they are both kept small. It gets the sun all morning until about midday where it's gets dappled sun for an hour or two by a neighbouring larger tree and then light shade for the rest of he day. I have foxgloves, alliums, lavender, lupins and grannies bonnet growing there and I want to add a climber that will be attractive to wildlife, scented and fairly neat growing. I like the Serotina and the Rhubarb and Custard honeysuckle but I'm not sure which is best.


Hello, Unless you have a really large space to fill, I would opt for the Lonicera periclymenum Rhubarb and Custard. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lonicera-periclymenum-rhubarb-and-custard/classid.2000020958/


I planted a Lonicera 'Serotina' in July against an east-facing wall which gets sun until around 2pm. Initially it thrived and grew quickly up to about 10 feet. About three weeks ago it developed white mildew: I have used a spray designed for this but it hasn't improved much - in fact the leaves have turned yellow and are dropping off the stem. It is completely bare up to about 3 feet. The growing tips still seem healthy though. What can I do ? Yours hopefully Margaret


Hello, Loniceras are prone to powdery mildew. This is usually brought on by the plant being too dry at the base (very common as they are usually planted against a wall or a fence) with poor air circulation around the crown. The best thing you can do is to make sure it is kept well watered and pick off all the affected leaves, as this will stop the spores from over-wintering. Mulch the plant well in spring and autumn with well rotted farmyard manure to prevent the roots drying out. If possible, prune plants so they have an open shape and air can move through the branches. If the mildew is very bad you can spray with a systemic fungicide at the first signs of attack. You can also use this spray prior to any signs of the disease (next year), as a preventative measure. It might be worth keeping in mind though, that climbers do tend to get woody at their base. This is a natural part of their life cycle as most of the growing point (the tips) will be near the top of the plant.


Dear Crocus, Can you recommend a variety of honeysuckle that I can grow in a pot on my patio? I'd like something by the door that is fragrant and will climb. The patio gets full sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Thanks


Hello, Your best option would be to choose one of the more compact cultivars such as Lonicera japonica Hall's Prolific' - please click on the following link to go straight to it. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/lonicera-japonica-halls-prolific/classid.1679/ You will however need a very large pot and make sure that the plant is kept well fed and watered if it is to thrive.


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

Crocus Helpdesk

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

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

Crocus Helpdesk

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. Sarah

Sarah King

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.


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