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June Blooms in my Georgia Garden: Hypericum Tricolor

Another Hypericum in our garden is Variegated St. John's Wort, Hypericum tricolor. This hypericum, is beautiful even when not in flower, but the sunny yellow blooms make it even more special.

Blooms on Variegated St. John's Wort are just as bright and sunny yellow as those on any Hypericum. Pollinators just love them. I believe yellow is the favorite color of bumblebees.

But it bears repeating that Tricolor Hypericum is beautiful in the garden even when not in flower. Leaves sport a lovely variegation of green, pink, and cream throughout the season.

Hypericum moserianum 'Tricolor' is a deciduous small shrubby perennial plant. This compact low-growing St. John's Wort stays about 12 inches high and wide and has a weeping habit, making it ideal for the front of the border or even in a container.

Dark orangey-pink buds open into bright yellow flowers that attract pollinators.

Hypericums tolerate lean soil as long as it is well-drained. Regular water is best, but St. John's Wort tolerates drought, once it is established in the garden.

Hypericum tricolor foliage will stay lush and beautiful in partial shade. Here in the South, the hot summer sun burns the foliage. My plants receive morning sun and afternoon shade.

This variegated hypericum looks lovely beneath burgundy foliage of Japanese Maple or Loropetalum.

Like most Hypericums, Tricolor can be grown in much of the United States, since it is hardy in USDA Zones 6-10.

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