Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Hypericum aegypticum, balearicum & reptans

Hypericum have something of a reputation for being rather nondescript shrubs, suitable only for unimaginative municipal plantings. There are quite a few very choice miniatures though. Here's a couple of them.

Hypericum aegypticum
A terrific little shrub for a hot dry spot, looking perhaps more like one of the shrubby Linums than a Hypericum.
Bear in mind that it stays very small (just a few inches across) so avoid invasive companions, but otherwise ideal for a sunny raised bed or a trough with other Mediterranean sun-lovers.
My plants have come through the last two winters unprotected here in Sussex without difficulty.
1L pots ~ £6

Hypericum reptans
Hypericum reptans
Another very small species, this time creeping over the ground like a thyme. The flowers though are more like the more familiar shrubby species - rich golden bowls and quite substantial for such a tiny plant.

Hypericum reptans
Fully hardy and suitable for any open sunny well-drained spot with other small plants.
sold out for now

Hypericum balearicum
Hypericum balearicum
A choice and curious little evergreen shrubby species for a sunny sheltered site with free-draining soil. Quite hardy here so far.
10cm pots ~ £6

Please please please, may I humbly request that you check with me that the plants you require are in stock before you order? Otherwise we'll have to arrange refunds.

Thank you so much.