Plant of the Week

If you asked me what my favourite winter shrub is, I would reply sweetest honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) without hesitation. Its flower grows on bare branches and has such a beautiful strong sweet scent throughout January and February. Native from China, the bush can grow about 2 meters in a sunny or part-shade position. We have about five of these around the garden – find one in the long border or East Garden next time you visit Gravetye.

The honeysuckle gives me warm hope for spring at this chilly time of year.

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Words and photograph by Martin

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