Pruning the St. John's Wort


The St. John's Wort (Hypericum 'Pumpkin') was one of my favorite shrubs last summer, a real stunner in early July. I'm hoping for a repeat this year and pruned it a few days ago. I had planned to take it back about halfway but after watching some videos, I found that most people cut it completely back to the ground. Which is what I did.

Before -


 

 And after -

Another good reason for pruning it is to be able to see Rhododendron 'PJM'. It looks puny here but since this was taken, the blooms have opened more and it is looking better. Maybe it felt crowded.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Comments

  1. You are a brave soul. A second "after" photo in early July is a must.

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  2. Wow. St John's Wort never grew like that in my garden. I hope you get another fabulous summer display.

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  3. Gosh I wonder if my St John's Wort will get this big?? I doubt it but glad to know you can cut it down if need be.

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  4. It's a beauty. Great it can take a total refresh. Yes, a July photo will be a must.

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  5. That St. John's wort was a beauty in bloom. I've tried growing it before but never that successfully. Obviously, it is happy in your garden.

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  6. I have never prunned my St. John's wort. Maybe I need to try it on one of mine and see how it performs. Mine SJW have gotten rust in the past and then they slowly decline.

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