Large clusters of upright florets in pink and gold tones from early summer to frost. As autumn sets in decorative red berries take to the fore and the birds love them. A robust choice that establishes quickly. It is easily pruned, or can be allowed to reach its full potential. You can easily train it up a tree or post where it is lovely and decorative.
You could choose to let this twining Honeysuckle ramble through trees or shrubs, along walls or fences, through pergolas or trellises, or wherever needs ornament and perfume. The stems will always grow in a clockwise direction.
Plant Honeysuckle in full sun to semi shade – like Clematis, they like their roots in the shade and their tendrils in the sun. Choose a moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. Water to establish, then only if rainfall is low, they are dry tolerant once established. Beneficial insects and birds love the flowers and berries.
In cold climates it may be deciduous, the leaves will turn yellow before falling in winter. It will quickly reshoot as the weather warms.
Since the Middle Ages Honeysuckle has been in cultivation. It was often grown around the entrance, where it’s fragrance could be appreciated, but it was also said to ward off evil, and fevers. Not sure if it is still the case but it is worth a shot. And if it was bought indoors, a wedding would follow. The flowers have also had medicinal uses as a respiratory, laxative and to soothe the liver.
Lonicera x heckrottii
Spring to Summer
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade