Winter flowering Honeysuckle, Latin name Lonicera fragrantissim, is not commonly grown, but if you are looking for a shrub with winter interest in terms of scent, this Honeysuckle is very sweetly scented. In fact, winter flowering Honeysuckle is considered one of the most scented of our garden plants.
It will grow in full sun and semi shade. When planting Winter flowering Honeysuckle to enjoy the perfume it is often best near a back door or a path, where the scent can enjoyed as in winter we may not stray so far out into the garden.
The images above show a close-up of the flowers in bloom spotted in February. The first image shows that the shrub itself doesn't amount too much, but the scent of the flowers is heavenly and I can honestly say is one of the best.
Winter flowering honeysuckle blooms from mid December and through to March with small creamy white, highly scented flowers. L fragrantissim does not generally require pruning, although it's size can be checked by pruning. The best time to do this is after flowering around late March/April and about a third of shoots can be removed, if required.
Winter flowering Honeysuckle forms it's flowers on wood grown from spring onwards for the following year. This means it is very important not to prune it after around the end of April otherwise you will prune off next years winter flowers. It can be vigorous, particularly if the growing conditions are good, this type of winter flowering Honeysuckle, once established, will tolerate a hard prune if needed.
It will grow on any soil type provided it is reasonably well drained.
It is deciduous and the flowers appear on bare stems after the leaves have fallen.
It tends to look a bit inconspicuous after it has flowered.