Common Name: Hypericum
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Time to take cuttings: May to July
A dwarf Greek species, making a dense mound of small, grey-green leaves on upright branching stems. The plants gradually increase in spread by means of horizontal creeping stems, but are not invasive and may be planted safely in rock gardens. They need plenty of sunshine, although light shade is tolerated, and very sharp drainage to help avid problems in winter from wet soil. In summer the plants sparkle with golden starry blooms, each with a central boss of stamens. Self-seeding is common, with the seedlings coming reasonably true to type. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).