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Solved Please help me identify and save this lovely bush!

Discussion in 'Identification Area' started by Simon Besley, Mar 8, 2019.

  1. Simon Besley

    Simon Besley Apprentice Gardener

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    Please help me identify this beautiful bush! It is pictured here in mid-July (on a rare hazy day when I could get out to do some clipping without being scorched!)

    It suffered when we had that double-dose of heavy snow in early 2018 which we never usually have, the weight of it bent it right over as you can see.

    Is it savable? Or should I just remove it? Advice please and thanks!

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  2. Perki

    Perki Super Gardener

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    It looks like a very leggy Hypericum, hypericums tolerate hard pruning ( can be cut back to the ground ) and now is the time to do it if you don't like it how it is now. Look like its already growing from the base
     
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    • Verdun

      Verdun Passionate gardener

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      Yes, agree with Perki :)
      I hard prune mine every year ......keeps it bushy, floriferous and helps keep hypericum rust as bay :)
       
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      • Nerine

        Nerine Apprentice Gardener

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        Totally agree! Just chop off all of the old stems at about 6 inches so they don't show.
         
      • honeybunny

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        Yep, definitely Hypericum aka St Johns Worth :thumbsup: i pruned mine on monday, down to about 1ft from the ground. They're very vigorous & mine always shoots up to almost 5ft by the time its ready to flower in the summer :dbgrtmb:
         
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        • Upsydaisy

          Upsydaisy Total Gardener

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          We have 4 and always cut them down.IMG_20190310_141418_hdr.jpg
           
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          • Simon Besley

            Simon Besley Apprentice Gardener

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            Thank you everyone! That's exactly what I'll do :-)
             
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