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Lonicera periclymenum Serotina

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Fragrant flowers up to 4cm long

A classic climber for a cottage garden. This lovely plant flowers for months, from July until well into the autumn, covered in red-purple flowers with cream inside, which are deliciously scented - especially in the evenings and at night. Bees, moths and other insects are attracted to the nectar-rich flowers. The berries are red.

Where?

Happiest in full sun. This tough deciduous climber grows fast so it is excellent for rambling over a wall or trees.

How?

Plant in moist, well-drained soil and provide a trellis or wires for support. Enrich the soil before planting by digging in organic matter - homemade compost is fine for this. Water well before planting and frequently during dry weather until established. Prune in the autumn to tidy up established plants.

Valuable as a late flowering climber.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Climber
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 400 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
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

Typically available

From March to September