Lonicera Imperial® and Celestial®

Lonicera Imperial® and Celestial®

We found these two varieties at a French plant nursery specializing in Lonicera, also known as Honeysuckle. The Lonicera is a popular climbing plant because of its lovely scented flowers and it is therefore also a favourite of butterflies, bees and even birds. Unfortunately, most standard varieties are prone to mildew; a plant disease that turns the leaves white and eventually makes them fall from the plant. It is not very serious but very unsightly. The Imperial and Celestial are less susceptible to this disease. They are also more compact than standard varieties. This will create a beautiful sea of flowers in your garden from top to bottom. We expect that more Loniceras will follow in this series, but for now these are undoubtedly the best Loniceras to justifiably carry the ‘Our Choice’ label. 

How do I care for my Lonicera?
The Lonicera does not just owe its popularity to its beautiful flowers, but also to its easy maintenance. Honeysuckle grows in almost all soil types and also does well in damp locations. The plant grows best in shade or semi-shade. This does affect flowering: the more sun, the more it will flower. Make sure you prune the Lonicera in early spring. It is best to completely cut back old and straggly branches to keep this plant fresh and compact.

What diseases do Lonicera get?
Common diseases found in Lonicera are aphids and mildew. Mildew produces a white layer on the leaves that will ultimately cause the plant to shed its leaves. Various remedies are available for this condition. Providing your Lonicera with sufficient nutrients will also keep it healthy and vital, making diseases less likely to occur. We also have newer varieties of Honeysuckle in our range that are stronger and less susceptible to these diseases. We sell these in our ’ Our choice ’-range of our selection of the best climbers.

When does my Lonicera flower?
There are many different types of Lonicera with many varying flowering periods. Most species are real summer-flowering plants. The early flowering varieties (caprifolium) start flowering in May; the latter species bloom in June and July. These late bloomers are real summer-flowering plants and keep flowering for about two months.

  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil types:
    Mostly all soil types

  • Moisture levels:
    Normal

  • Location:
    Semi-shade/shade. More sun produces more flowers

  • Height:
    To four metres depending on variety and pruning

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Mostly deciduous, except for the evergreen Copper Beauty, Henryi and the Semper Viridis.

  • Pruning:
    Prune to maintain a fresh and compact plant

  • Fertilizing:
    Apply NPK in the spring

  • Flower:
    Prolific growth of beautifully scented flowers. Colours depend on variety.

  • Flowering period:
    Depending on variety, mostly summer flowering.

  • Trivia:
    In its natural setting, Lonicera also commonly grows as a creeping groundcover, so if you want something diffrent you can also use your Lonicera as a groundcover plant. This provides a beautiful sight when it is flowering!

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