From £10.80Honeysuckle - Lonicera 'Dart's World' Dark green leaves Deliciously scented Full hardy Strong, bushy
From £3.95Timperley Early Crowns Very early crops. Medium yields. Naturally tender.
From £6.95Nearly thornless Self-fertile. Ruby red, sweet Crops from mid June onwards. Mildew resistant. Yield
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.
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 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.