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Himalayan honeysuckle (pheasant berry )Anyone familiar ?

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Snugglepiggy Sat 11-Aug-18 20:05:38

Hi there.Today my SIL who is very green fingered and has all sorts in her big garden showed me a shrub with beautiful drooping bracts of purplish red /white flowers that's an absolute bee magnet and gave me a pot of it as we have a bee hive in our garden.The trouble is I'm not sure where I can put it.We also have a big garden but my latest project is filling up a large herbaceous borders, and I was looking for more perennials rather than shrubs. There was a viburnum in place when we bought the house several years ago,in the bed immediately nearest our patio.We had to dig it out and get rid of it this spring as yet again it was giving off foul odour -apparently it is viburnum beetle which makes it smell,and very hard to eradicate.So I now have a space about 2x2 metres to fill.I was thinking about a small evergreen shrub that is scented e.g. Daphne or similar.However I'm quite taken with this shrub,although worried it would grow too big.Plus it's deciduous so no winter colour.It looks like it's leaves are lovely in Autumn though.Does anyone have any experience of this shrub as it's completely new to me.

epicclusterfuck Sat 11-Aug-18 22:28:13

I have this, Leycesteria. It is really easy to grow, does OK in shade and you can cut back after flowering to keep it the size you want.

Snugglepiggy Sun 12-Aug-18 08:25:13

Ok great thanks for that.I have looked online to see if it would be suitable for a large container, but no mention of that.I think I'm going to put it in one for now -nothing to lose - and still go for something scented near the patio.I'm keen to plant it somewhere, but may have to move some other things around in Autumn and decide exactly where is best.

JT05 Sun 12-Aug-18 08:56:52

They often self seed, so you will eventually probably have lots of babies to give away yourself. I love it when they spring up unexpectedly, in a convenient place!
As PP said they are easy to prune right down, if you wish, and then they shoot up in the spring.

Oldraver Tue 14-Aug-18 09:55:41

I've had two (had to cut out my first one). That grew to over six foot, and was a lovely healthy bush. Current one planted, I think, 2016 and is about 4ft, we've had a few problems with the garden and it's only now it's started to look healthier.

Like any bush it will grow to what you let it.

I think it a lovely plant as the bracts are colourful. Mine is a lighter coloured leaves and they are nice in the winter

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