An alternative title for this post could be: “How to grow a pool of sunshine in your garden.” Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ AGM is indeed the golden hedging plant, though it doesn’t really need a how-to-grow guide as it is all but oblivious to where it’s planted… It will thrive in any well-draining soil type offering acid, neutral or alkaline conditions; in full sun or partial shade and in a container or open ground. It is as resilient to pests and most diseases as it is to everyday pollution. All it really needs is its annual trim and spade’s worth of mulch – and water if you have a particularly dry spell. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy.
Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ AGM is master of all the roles undertaken by hedging plants from hedging itself to taller edging; from ground cover to formal topiary. It is also a poke in the eye to gardening snobs who shun the popular – and there are few more popular hedging plants in the world than this. That it is the municipal gardener’s turn-to plant is a compliment to its aesthetic appeal, hardiness and easy maintenance. And if that puts you off growing one of the few plants that actually appear to glow throughout the year, then your garden will be the poorer.