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Hypericum × hidcoteense 'Hidcote' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

St John's wort 'Hidcote'

Family

Hypericaceae


Hypericum can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or trees, evergreen or deciduous, with usually paired leaves and showy yellow flowers with prominent stamens, followed by capsules, occasionally berry-like

'Hidcote' is a small bushy semi-evergreen shrub with narrowly ovate leaves. Flowers saucer-shaped, to 7.5cm in width, bright yellow with orange anthers

Synonym(s)

  • Hypericum patulum 'Hidcote'
  • Hypericum 'Hidcote'
  • Hypericum 'Hidcote Gold'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grows well in moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance or Banks and Slopes


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free