Lonicera Nitida Baggesens Gold

Lonicera Nitida Baggesen’s Gold AGM is a small, adaptable, versatile and dense shrub that is grown primarily for its delicate, glowing foliage. It’s rare to find it written about without the author remarking on its glowing, all-year-round sunshine qualities. It grows into a mound of bowing branches covered in small dainty leaves. In full sun, these are a yellowy blond but take on a greenish tinge when planted in shade. The almost indiscernible flowers are followed by a few pale violet berries. Plant facing any aspect, with or without shelter. Excellent in coastal and urban gardens.

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Lonicera Nitida Baggesens Gold AGM

Lonicera Nitida Baggesens Gold AGM at-a-glance


Foliage Type: Evergreen

Flowers: Insignificant

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Soil type: Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Wet/Dry: Moist, well-draining soil

Preferred situation: Sun or Partial Shade

Height: 1.5m

Spread: 1.5m

Growth Rate: Medium

Soil and Situation: Most soils including sand or clay. Prefers sun but will tolerate shade better than most other honeysuckles.

Maintenance: Easy – an annual trim will keep it neat and formal or wild and natural as you prefer. It’s also exceptionally robust – as resilient to pollution as it is to neglect, pests and diseases.

Versatility: Lonicera nitida Baggesen’s Gold AGM can perform just about any role in the garden: clipped as hedging or edging; a specimen plant in the ground or container or planted as tall groundcover – it works particularly well under established trees or against dark-green foliage like rhododendrons. It’s a like-for-like alternative to box if you want something brighter – it even makes an excellent plant for topiary.

And finally:This cultivar was introduced by the Baggesen family that hailed from Denmark and settled in Kent. The full story of this remarkable family of plantsmen is covered in our blog..