Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’

This honeysuckle has grown in popularity in recent years, partly because it is among the most highly scented of all honeysuckles. Partly because its flowering season is very long, from mid-summer almost into winter. I am more sceptical about its third attraction, that of being evergreen, for I find that the leaves become messy in all but the mildest winters, and I would be just as pleased if they fell away. However, it is a wonderful, very leafy plant, with masses of rather small tubular flowers, open at the lip, of white changing to yellow. It is a vigorous twiner which will need trellis or wires, and requires thinning if it tries to grow out of control. Like most honeysuckles, it needs shading at the roots if grown in a sunny position, otherwise it will be happy in light shade. It likes moisture-retentive soil, and should be watered freely.

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