Winter Flowering Honeysuckle – Lonicera

Lonicera are winter-flowering honeysuckle.  They grow as a shrub and are highly perfumed.  As shrubs they can be medium to large and grow up to 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall.  The flowers are small but highly scented.

They are best grown by doors or gates – and do best when given a little shelter from a nearby wall (which will also concentrate it’s fragrance).   Nice to grow near drifts of snowdrop and evergreen fern.

Lonicera should be pruned after flowering in mid-spring before plants fully leaf-up.  Cut back top growth by up to one third.

A mulch of well rotted compost in autumn will help encourage strong growth.