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Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas'

Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas'

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Also known as

Woodbine, English Wild Honeysuckle

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Lonicera periclymenum ‘Graham Thomas’


Lonicera periclymenum ‘Graham Thomas’


Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas' Overview

Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' is a deciduous, woody-stemmed, climber with oval, dark green leaves. In summer, it produces very fragrant, white flowers that age to yellow. Red berries develop in late summer and early autumn. It can grow up to 8 metres and has a twining habit. The scent is particularly strong towards the end of the day. Best in partial shade, grow this garden favourite in wall-side borders and provide some support - wire or trellis - for it to twine around. Mulch around the plant's base in spring to keep the roots cool and moist - this reduces the possibility of powdery mildew. Water regularly while the plant is establishing in its first year. This vigorous Honeysuckle will be happiest in partial shade but will tolerate full sun, and it likes moist, well-drained soil. Pruning lightly during flowering will encourage more blooms. Pruning lightly after flowering will help keep the plant healthy, but allowing it to be a little unkempt will provide for nesting birds, who enjoy the intricately twisted branches that give a measure of protection. Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas'

How to propagate Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas'


Take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in late autumn.


Layer shoots in summer.

Special features of Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas'

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Can be allowed to scramble through mixed hedges.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Autumn colour

Other uses of Honeysuckle 'Graham Thomas'

Wall or trellis, hedges, ornamental, wildlife.