Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Golden St. John's Wort

Golden St. John's Wort
Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon'
(hy-PER-ee-kum) (ka-LEE-kin-um)

I haven’t grown this one before but have seen it a lot lately. It does have wonderful foliage color and I think it would good combined with some darker foliage plants. It is recommended for containers and as a groundcover. I will have to try some in the garden. It grows up to 16 inches tall and 2 feet wide, so the size is manageable. It really has a funky multicolored appearance. I have found my other adventures in to Hypericum cultivation to be satisfying and rewarding. A lot of bang for not too much maintenance.

Here is a plant that I don’t know anything about. It was for sale at a retail nursery and although the tag said hardy to 0 to -10 degrees F, I am not so sure. It is Korean Choice Evergreen Privet (aka the Wax or Japanese Privet). It really has a tropical or at least warmer climate look to it. I would have tried one except of the exorbitant price they were asking. I have been growing a variegated version of Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum) and it has been hardy on the cusp of Zones 6 and 7 but it is in a sheltered location.


Anonymous said...

When I was in Chicago, I saw St. John's Wort in its full glory...we try to grow it in the South but I think the heat just beats it down.

Your macro/tight shots are strong.


Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks Barrie. Coming from you that is quite a compliment.