Incredibly reliable and requiring so little attention our two Leycesteria formosa or Himalayan Honeysuckle are real beacons in the garden at this time of year. Making a change from the usual green, there are several of these golden forms in cultivation and ours always catches the eye of visitors especially now when the rest of the garden is starting to lose its vibrancy.
They gently set seed that is true to form, reaching about 1.8m in height, and with their contrasting purple calyxes and berries are a great addition to any garden. We usually simply prune out the dead stems but if they should start to look a bit tired can be cut right to the ground. They're such a great addition to the garden and we wouldn’t be without ours.