Growing guide

How to grow shrubby honeysuckle

Winter-flowering shrubby honeysuckles (Lonicera) look at home in a woodland garden and are a joy to sniff on a chilly day. Evergreen shrubby honeysuckles can be clipped into topiary shapes and grown as a low hedge, making them an ideal box-hedge replacement. Summer-flowering shrubby honeysuckles are not always readily available, but their abundant sweet-smelling blooms are worth the search. 

Quick facts

  • Undemanding and well-behaved 
  • They are mainly winter flowering, but there are a few unusual summer-flowering ones
  • They can be planted all year round, but establish better when planted in autumn or spring
  • Plant in a sunny spot or dappled shade, sheltered from the worst of the weather
  • A light, annual trim will keep shrubby honeysuckles in shape and flowering nicely
  • Mulch with leaf mould or garden compost to help improve the soil and retain moisture
  • Generate more plants by taking hardwood cuttings in autumn

All you need to know

Before you get started
Planting
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
Propagating
Problems
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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