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Comments (11)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Celia,

    Looks like Leycesteria formosa, also known as Himalayan Honeysuckle: a biggish deciduous shrub with exotic-looking dangling purple/white flowers, followed by purple berries.

    One of my favourite flowering shrubs: strangely out of favour at the moment, probably because it's a bit of a rampant spreader, and really needs quite a big garden in order to be seen in its full beauty.

  2. Grower

    Celia's Garden

    Thank you, Rachel. This just appeared in my garden - maybe a 'gift' from the birds. It is growing in a tiny bit of raised bed behind my summerhouse. A little inaccessible. I should really get it out, I suppose. But what to do with it? My garden is a medium sized suburban one, mainly laid to paving and raised beds.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Celia,

    Well, it's a lovely thing... and it flowers on new wood, so if you want to keep it small, chop it all down to ground level as soon as it has finished flowering - ie, about this time of year. Yes, I know, it sounds harsh! If you do it now, it has time to grow fresh new stems this year, then next year they will bear flowers. So, next year, once it's finished flowering, cut it down to ground level again. This will prevent it growing into a massive shrub, and you will have fresh green growth through the main part of the summer, and flowers every year.

    If it's tucked right behind the summerhouse, it might need a bit of extra watering to help it regrow, just after you've cut it.

    Oh, and it does tend to produce a lot of seedlings, but that's ok, just pot them up and put them on here to sell or swap!

  4. Grower

    Celia's Garden

    I'll try that. Thanks for your advice!

  5. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    You're welcome!

  6. Grower

    Susie Edwards

    It is a flower arragnger's favourite for the lovely flower tassles. I believe sometimes it is grown as pheasant cover as they love the seeds.. if you let is seed in the garden you will get plenty of seedlings popping up. I agree, yours ws probably a present from a fly over!

  7. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    There is also a yellow specie, chrysothyrsos, not common but easy from seed, available from plantworld, Devon. A neighbour once thought she had japanese knotweed growing thruogh the concrete on her steps, it was indeed L. Formosa, they are very unfussy.

  8. Grower

    Celia's Garden

    That's what my initial worry was! Japanese Knotweed!

  9. Grower

    Celia's Garden

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    • Anyone recognise this?
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  10. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    Yes, the leycesteria can be a weed in its own rite, but with a little care it is very rewarding, right down to the little white scented flowers and the caramel scented berries in between the calyces. These are meant to be edible but I wouldn't recomend trying them, believe me they are not nice, but the birds love them.

  11. Grower

    Celia's Garden

    Well, thank you everyone. I have learnt about a new plant and know how to care for it. Many thanks!


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