Lonicera caerulea - blue honeysuckle

In Finland blue honeysuckle grows naturally only in Kuusamo, close to the Arctic Circle, where it is a protected endangered species. It is widely used in gardens, being both extremely hardy and undemanding; occasionally it is found as an escapee.

Blue honeysuckle forms a low bush as wide as it is high, with blue-green leaves. The flowers, appearing in May, are yellowish. After Midsummer the blue berries ripen, bitter-tasting and slightly poisonous due to the saponins they contain.

Lonicera alpigena - Alpine honeysuckle

Although Alpine honeysuckle is native to the mountains of central European, where it prefers full sun, it nevertheless thrives when planted in shadier spots. A fairly low and dense shrub, the leaves – large for a honeysuckle - are a shiny dark green on their upper surface. In shape they are oval-lanceolate with short stalks, the under-surface paler and hairy when young. The small flowers, long-tubed, are yellowish, the bract often reddish, as are the ovary bracteoles. The flowers are usually in pairs at the end of a stalk.