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Lonicera Fire Cracker

Honeysuckle

Pink, orange, red and yellow flowers

The compact, unusually rounded, grey-green leaves create a lovely background for the striking sweetly scented pink, yellow, orange and red flowers that form in clusters on the ends of vines throughout the summer.

Where?

This honeysuckle is happy in a sheltered spot in either sun or part shade, and makes a colourful feature trained up a trellis or cascading over walls and fences. A lovely plant for a cottage garden.

How?

Loves rich, moist but well-drained soil. Mulch with compost in early spring.

Lonicera 'Fire Cracker' is particularly resistant to diseases such as mildew.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 150 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From March to September