Hypericum ‘Hidcote’- St John’s Wort

Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ (St. John’s Wort)

There was a time when Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ could be found in nearly every garden, but in recent times this old favourite has lost its ground in favour of ever more exotic pla
nts. I don’t think it’s possible to find a better and more reliable shrub for summer flowers than Hypericum ‘Hidcote’!
Hypericum 'Hidcote'
It’s time this charming shrub made a comeback. Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ is a fully hardy deciduous shrub that can reach about 5ft (150cm) tall and wide if left to its own devices, but most gardeners choose to prune it each spring to keep it smaller and more compact.

Pruning couldn’t be easier; just cut the bare stems back fairly hard each winter and the plant will explode into growth in spring, producing a mass of fairly large golden flowers from June onwards. Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ will tolerate any soil except very wet or very dry conditions, and thrives in full sun or light shade. It’s such an easy plant to grow that it’s perfect for new gardeners, although more experienced gardeners should bear it in mind too.

Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ is fairly widely available in the UK.

Hemerocallis ‘Corky’

Hemerocallis ‘Corky’
Daylily

In our quest for ever more exciting garden plants it can be easy to overlook old favourites such as Hemerocallis. Commonly known as ‘Daylilies’, these hardy perennials are classics in British gardens, flowering through much of summer if you pick the right varieHemerocallis 'Corky'2ties and allow them to get nice and big. The common name ‘Daylily’ comes from the fact that each individual flower lasts for about 24 hours, but a nice big clump will produce loads of buds and these will keep opening over several weeks.

Hemerocallis ‘Corky’ is a corker! Not big by any means, this charming golden yellow variety will flower at about 2ft (60cm) tall. Its small stature means that it fits well in smaller borders, where it will flower beautifully for several weeks in June/July. The golden flowers of ‘Corky’ would work well with a ‘hot’ colour scheme, but would equally work well in a more traditional border. It’s worth looking at the side of the flower too; each petal is striped red on the back! Providing your soil is reasonably fertile and sensibly free-draining (not dry) Hemerocallis are fairly straightforward, especially in full sun or light shade.

Hemerocallis ‘Corky’ is widely available in the UK.

Rambling Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’

There are few plants that conjure up the romance of a rose as beautifully as the ramblers, while they can also instil terror into some gardeners! The rambling roses are big, and if space is limited they are best avoided. If, however, space isn’t limited and you want a fast growing rose that will cover a fence, wall, building or tree then the rambling roses might well be perfect for you!

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Potentilla fruticosa ‘Hopley’s Orange’

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Hopley’s Orange’      

Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa 'Hopley's Orange'2
Hardy, tolerant and incredibly easy to grow, the shrubby Potentillas are very useful plants for sunny or partially shaded parts of the garden. Potentilla ‘Hopley’s Orange’ is one of the best, with warm orange flowers appearing in May and carrying on until late summer.

The only care this plant needs is gentle clipping once flowering has finished; you don’t have to do this, but it helps if you want to keep the plant compact. Height and spread to about 3ft (1m), but can be kept smaller by trimming. Sometimes orange flowers can be difficult to use in a garden, but ‘Hopley’s Orange’ is well worth finding a special place for.

The fine leaves and mounding habit of Potentilla ‘Hopley’s Orange’ makes it easy to place with other shrubs. Plant with varieties of Viburnum plicatum and Physocarpus ‘Lady in Red’ for colour and interest from May until late autumn. There are many other varieties of shrubby Potentillas, with colours ranging from white, through yellows and oranges, and through to red.

Fairly widely available in the UK.