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For even brighter flowers, though generally less scent, look for Lonicera x brownii `Dropmore Scarlet', a garden hybrid that grows to 4m (13ft) and has scarlet blooms with a golden mouth in summer, or Lonicera sempervirens , a similar type with downward-pointing flowers.
Lonicera x americana, equally vigorous and favoured for training as a tall pillar, flowers freely from summer into autumn, producing yellow flowers with dark red flushes.
Lonicera x americana is a magnificent climber, flowering in August and September, which holds a Royal Horticultural Society award of garden merit.
Lonicera fragrantissima will tolerate partial shade.
The most common for topiary are box (Buxus sempervirens), yew, Lonicera nitida and privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) - and they're available in garden centres for pounds 10 or so a pot.
Try an evergreen climber such as the honeysuckle Lonicera japonica or Clematis armandii .
For north-facing walls: camellia, chaenomeles, clematis, cotoneaster, garrya, hedera, hydrangea, jasminum, lonicera (some), pyracantha.
Lonicera japonica Halliana is probably the most richly scented.
Lonicera "Sweet Sue", which produces large clusters of sweetly fragrant flowers, is being grown by Hillier Nurseries and will be available from garden centres throughout the UK at about pounds 7.
Oat extracts smooth the skin while extracts of the Lonicera Japonice plant help repair supporting fibres.
The creamy white, bell-shaped flowers of the shrubby Lonicera fragrantissima appear from January to late March, followed by red berries in May.
There are many different plants you could use, the most popular being box, yew, privet and the small-leaved evergreen honeysuckle, Lonicera nitida.
Plant a secluded corner of the garden that catches the winter sun with the shrubby winter flowering honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima and position a bench close by so you can sit and enjoy the sweet scent that is released by creamy white bell-shaped flowers from January through to March.
Or lonicera fragrantissima with its creamy white, heavily perfumed flowers which bloom from December to March.
TAKE cuttings of shrubs such as berberis, ceanothus, lonicera and philadelphus and root them in pots inside a cold frame fitted with a glazed lid or directly in the soil beneath a cloche.