Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle
Lonicera x Brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'
Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' is a very beautiful climbing plant with healthy grey/green deciduous or semi-evergreen rounded foliage and lovely trumpet flowers of scarlet and orange. It will flower from mid summer until September but does need a south or south west position to do well.
It has little or no fragrance and, in a warm summer, will produce red berries much loved by birds. It is less vigorous than other honeysuckle varieties and will need support. It should be pruned by 1/3rd after flowering. It will grow in any reasonable fertile moisture retentive soil but does not appreciate being waterlogged.
Great for your garden:
Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' provides a spectacular show in the summer with its stunning scarlet/orange trumpet flowers. It is good for cottage gardens, informal situations and is good for growing over low walls, into pergolas or on a trellis against a sunny wall.
Being less vigorous than other honeysuckles it will grow quite happily with other climbers and would look spectacular with a purple clematis, such as Jackmanii, where the contrast of colour and flower shape will complement both plants. Both the clematis and the Lonicera can be pruned back in autumn and left to scramble.
Lonicera 'Dropmore Scarlet' characteristics.
- Bushy deciduous or semi-evergreen grey/green foliage
- Beautiful orange/scarlet trumpet flowers July to September
- Will grow to an eventual height and spread of 4m
- Little or no scent
- Full hardy
- Needs support
- Sun or partial shade
Look out for:
Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' is generally disease free but may suffer a little from mildew in hot dry spells.
Lonicera varieties, named after the 16th century German botanist, Adam Lonicer, vary enormously. Native to the northern hemisphere, they are all hardy and vigorous climbers and, considering the habit of our native Woodbine, suit cottage garden situations.