Lonicera or Honeysuckle are shrubs or vines that are members of the Caprifoliaceae family. They are native to North America and Eurasia.

What is a Lonicera?

Lonicera are hardy plants that in their shrubby forms are likely to be 0.5m to 1.5m tall and in their climbing or vine forms can grow to 4m or more in height given appropriate support. Foliage is largely green but some plants may have bronze or perhaps purple or gold colours with a few showing attractive variegation. Depending on the variety chosen flowering seasons can be from winter through spring and summer into the autumn. The flowers are often sweetly scented and colourful in white, cream, yellow, orange, red, pink and purple depending on the plant chosen. The flowers will be attractive to bees and other pollinators.

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Where to plant Lonicera?

Lonicera like full sun or partial shade and a moist but well drained soil. Compact shrubby Lonicera and the shorter of the climbing forms can be grown in pots with canes for support if required. Larger plants can be used in the border as wall plants or in the climbing form trained to grow through large shrubs or trees.

How to care for Lonicera?

Water pot grown or young Lonicera plants during dry spell. Climbing forms will need to have the support of canes, trellis or larger plants. Pruning can be carried out when plants are dormant or after flowering.