Bees-friendly and wintergreen - St. John's wort as an eye-catcher in the garden
The St. John's wort - also hypericum moserianum - owes its name to St. John's Day on 24 June, as it starts to flower at this time. The five-leaved flowers are cup-shaped, have a red anther and bloom a brilliant golden yellow. This makes it ideal as a ground cover in ornamental or front gardens, but it can also provide colourful accents in a rock garden. Hypericum looks particularly good in combination with cranesbill or prickly pear, so more and more flower lovers are buying St. John's wort.
Tips for Hypericum location
The semi-shrub thrives excellently in a nutrient-rich and well-drained soil, in a sunny to semi-shady location. In order to avoid waterlogging, excess water should be able to seep away or run off, but St. John's wort also copes well with temporary drought. In spring it is happy to be cut back radically.
As this species is frost-hardy and evergreen, you will enjoy it for many years and at any time of year. Hypericum can be planted both in autumn and in spring. You should buy about 4-6 plants of St. John's wort per square metre to achieve an optimal result.
The Hypericum has medium sized, crisp and furry leaves in the shape of an egg and is a ground cover. As a rule, St. John's wort grows to a height of 60 cm, but it also grows in width so that it can also serve as a hedge. If the site conditions are right, the half-shrub can grow up to 15cm a year. The yellow flowers can be admired continuously from the end of June until September and form a great contrast to the dense foliage of the hypericum.
Use of tall St. John's wort
In addition to its sole use as a ground-covering ornamental plant in flower beds, the Hypericum is also excellently suited as an underplanting of trees and shrubs due to its shallow roots. When planted in large groups, it can also border whole hillsides or large areas. However, as it is also suitable as a cut flower, the cup-shaped flowers can also be used to decorate the interior of the house and St. John's wort can be used for colourful arrangements and wreaths, for example in combination with greens or bellflowers.
However, if St. John's wort is left in the garden, the numerous flowers will attract bees and bumblebees as well as butterflies, making the tall St. John's wort a feast for the eyes in every respect.
So if you want to use the tall St. John's wort in combination with other plants, for example, with grasses or bellflowers,
you can use it in the garden.
So, if you buy St. John's wort, you will be able to enjoy a low-maintenance, colourful and insect-friendly companion in your garden at any time of the year!