best4hedging have a select range of Lonicera hedging (Honeysuckle) varieties that are especially suited to clipping into a formal hedge or to use as low growing, ground cover. There are over 180 varieties of Honeysuckle, the ones we supply are evergreen species offering small, oval leaves in a variety of different shades, including golden, buttery yellows and bright, striking greens.
Lonicera hedges provide wonderful seasonal interest with sweetly scented flowers decorating the shrubs in spring and summer, followed by red, blue or black berries appearing in the autumn. On most Honeysuckle hedges, these fruits are mildly poisonous, but some varieties produce edible berries which can be eaten raw or used for cooking.
Lonicera hedging is easy to grow and vigorous in habit. Lonicera hedges can be left to grow naturally for an informal aesthetic, or due to their hardy nature, can be hard pruned for a more formal look. Another great characteristic of Lonicera hedging is that they are drought tolerant once established, thriving in almost all soil types.
Origin and history of Lonicera hedging
Honeysuckle is native to China and the name 'Lonicera' comes from the 16th century renaissance botanist Adam Lonicer.
Through the years the Lonicera plant has been used for various different things. The strong, fibrous stems of Lonicera hedges have been utilised in binding and textiles, other parts can be used for medicinal purposes and Honeysuckle is also used in the art of Bonsai.
Wildlife value of a Lonicera hedge
Lonicera hedging is particularly useful to wildlife, as the dense foliage and vibrant berries provide both cover and food for birds. The pretty, white, spring flowers also attract an abundance of butterflies and other pollinating insects, such as bees because of the sweet, edible nectar produced. You don’t have to worry about woodland animals damaging your Honeysuckle hedge, as they are unattractive to deer and rabbits.