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’!
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.