Hypericum Inodorum Magical Beauty
Hypericum, its, well lets face it a common shrub which we generally wouldn’t look twice at.
In fact in Australia it is very much regarded as a weed. Of course there are many cultivated varieties which are grown in our gardens.
Anyway for me it wasn’t until I came across Hypericum Inodorum Magical Beauty that I saw Hypericum in a completely different light, I have in fact been so taken with this plant that I found another couple of positions in the garden where I think they will be appreciated.
Magical Beauty is semi evergreen and has proven to be fully hardy in our Aberdeen garden. The oblong leaves are a mid/dark green, small yellow flowers are profuse in early/mid Summer, followed by masses of berries shaded, peach,pink and yellow. The eye catching
berries stay on the plant, eventually turning black by late Autumn.
Planting this one in your garden will be sure to bring comments from friends and neighbours.The severe Winter of 2010/11 did result in the plants losing more leaves than usual. However they recovered fully and was as spectacular as ever in the Summer of 2011. If you find like I did that the shrub grows a little on the tall side for the position which you have placed it, the Chelsea chop in early/mid May works wonders.
Hypericum is also known as St John’s Wort and Rose of Sharon, the herbal extract St John’s Wort has been used as a remedy for over 2000 years apparently, and the name is said to come from John the Baptist. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this, I have never seen such an in depth article on a herbal remedy, Alistair, tell the truth how many articles have you read on herbal stuff, well—ok here it is.
In Aberdeen – Fully hardy, earns its place
Height – 90cm/3ft
Plant care – Prune lightly in late Spring, or Chelsea chop a little later.
Here in October 18th, see how the berries have now turned black.
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