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Hypericum hidcoteense Hidcote


St. John Wort

Semi-evergreen plat with showy yellow flowers

Hidcote forms a very attractive hedge plant, with its beautiful yellow flowers producing a guaranteed 'blast' of colour in any garden. In the autumn the seed heads are very attractive and are a favourite with flower arrangers.


This deciduous shrub is easy to grow in most well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It has the ability to tolerate a wide variety of conditions.


This plant requires low maintenance and medium water, and is drought tolerant. Prune back by about one third annually, and apply a layer of compost around the base.

The fact that this plant is easy to grow and tolerant of most situations is well illustrated by the fact that it can now be found growing all around the world. It is only missing from tropical lowlands, deserts and polar regions!

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 110 cm
Plant width 120 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to September